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STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 1996

(STATUS: PASSED)

AN ACT
RELATING TO THE CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- ASSAULT
S - 2317 Substitute A

Introduced By: Senators Perry, Cicilline, Parella, Graziano and Gibbs.

Date Introduced: January 18, 1996

Referred To: Senate Committee on Judiciary

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 11-5-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-5 entitled "Assaults" is hereby amended to read as follows:

11-5-2. Felony Assault. -- (a) Every person who shall make an assault or battery, or both, with a dangerous weapon, or with acid or other dangerous substance, or by fire, or an assault or battery which results in serious bodily injury, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than twenty (20) years.

(b) Where the provisions of "The Domestic Violence Prevention Act", RIGL, section 12-29-1 et seq., are applicable, the penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties as provided in section 12-29-5.

(c) "Serious bodily injury" means physical injury that:
 
(1) creates a substantial risk of death, or
 
(2) causes protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily part, member or organ, or
 
(3) causes serious permanent disfigurement or circumcises, excises or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of a person.

SECTION 2: This act shall take effect upon passage.