Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

NGRI Bill Heads to House

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

NGRI Bill Heads to House

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The state Senate on Tuesday gave unanimous approval to a measure to modify the "not guilty by reason of insanity" defense in Oklahoma.

State Sen. Ron Sharp said Senate Bill 1214 would add a "guilty but with mental defect" defense for defendants who are found guilty with a mental illness but who also have an antisocial personality disorder.

"The not guilty by reason of insanity defense was created for those who are not mentally capable of understanding their actions but now we have people who commit violent crimes trying to use this defense even when the crime was premeditated," said Sharp, R- Shawnee. "The law needs to be modified to take into account those who suffer from a mental illness but are still mentally capable of understanding their actions. They need to be held accountable."

SB 1214 would provide that anyone who has an antisocial personality disorder and is found guilty with a mental illness cannot use the NGRI plea and must complete the sentence for the crime. …

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