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State Senate passes bill to change strangulation penalty

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Wednesday, the Ohio Senate passed a bill changing the penalty for strangulation or suffocation of a partner or family member to a felony. Wednesday, the Ohio Senate passed a bill changing the penalty for strangulation or suffocation of a partner or family member to a felony.
Judge Jeffrey Reed doesn't think this brings any more caseload but provides more penalties and protection. Judge Jeffrey Reed doesn't think this brings any more caseload but provides more penalties and protection.

The Ohio Senate passed a bill that would change the penalty for charges related to domestic violence.

Wednesday, the Ohio Senate passed a bill changing the penalty for strangulation or suffocation of a partner or family member to a felony. The crime is currently a misdemeanor. This gives judges the discretion to order prison time or not. The Senate passed the bill with a 30 to 0 vote. Right now, 42 states in the country have strangulation classified as a felony. Judge Jeffrey Reed doesn't think this brings any more caseload but provides more penalties and protection.

"Those types of cases, if they weren't domestic violence cases, could possibly be charged felonious assault cases anyway," said Reed of Allen County Common Pleas Court. "I don't see it as a big impact. I see it probably more so as trying to protect the victims and maybe enhance the penalty when strangulation is involved."

The bill heads to the House but it's unclear if it will be voted on before the end of the current session.

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