That’s too little and too indefinite for Merritt. He will be pushing a bill that, if passed, would extend that additional sentence from five years to a 20-year minimum.
He also wants to change can to must — to make the additional 20 years mandatory.
That would, of course, extend well beyond home invasions to other instances of violent crime such as murder, robbery, abduction and injury.
But the recent home invasion offenses so well illustrate the need. They so offend all decent people’s sensitivities that the point is made clear that our courts need a stronger penalty, which we can only hope would be a stronger deterrent to indecent people who would so devalue human life that they would commit such crimes.
We hope Merritt’s bill gets approval from both houses of the legislature and an enthusiastic signature from Gov. Mike Pence so that its provisions can begin to give more muscle to laws against acts we all abhor.
— The Terre Haute Tribune-Star
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