Maryland bill would prevent anyone under 25 from being charged with felony murder

Felony murder is defined as the act of killing someone while committing a felony crime, such as robbery, in Maryland.

Under current law, a person can be found guilty of felony murder in Maryland if they were involved in the commission of a felony crime, such as robbery, and someone was killed during the commission of that crime.

For instance, if a pedestrian is hit and killed by a getaway driver while fleeing the scene of a robbery, the driver can be charged with felony murder, ABC7 KATV reports.

Delegate Charlotte Crutchfield, a Democrat, aims to broaden the scope of Maryland’s felony murder law with her proposed legislation, the Youth Accountability and Safety Act, or House Bill 1180. The bill would lower the age threshold for the law’s application to anyone under 25 years old.

Recently, justice reform has been a widely discussed topic in terms of age.

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