Cases of strangulation would be considered as a crime of violence in sentencing for subsequent crimes and in child custody proceedings under a bill sent to the governor last week, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Judy Ward (R-30).

The General Assembly approved a law in 2016 that created the criminal offense of strangulation. Senate Bill 275 would fully integrate that offense in Pennsylvania’s laws to ensure strangulation is classified in the same way as other similar violent crimes.

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