SB1437 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would limit murder convictions to those who actually commit the crime, changing current law that holds accomplices to the same standard as those who actually committed the crime under what is called the felony murder rule.
The bill now heads back to the Senate, where it passed previously. If approved there again, the bill would head to Gov. Jerry Brown.
SB1437 would allow those who have been convicted as an accomplice to murder to petition a court to be re-sentenced. The bill exempts any case in which a police officer was killed.
“In California, a person can be convicted of murder and face life in prison without killing anyone or even witnessing the murder,” said Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside.