JACKSON, Miss (AP) - The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill to establish an attempted murder charge.
In recent years, similar proposals have died. House Bill 1340 would set punishment at 20 years to life in prison for the crime. Republican Rep. Bill Denny of Jackson, the bill's sponsor, says a specific attempted murder law would prevent would-be killers from receiving lighter sentences simply because the victim lives.
The House and Senate have passed different versions of a bill and have a March 28 deadline to reach a compromise.
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