Cheyenne, Wyo. - Senate file 19 is an attempt by lawmakers to strengthen Wyoming's domestic violence and domestic assault laws. Because as is stands - keying a car or stealing someone's bike can get you more prison time than strangling someone.
The bill came out of the joint judiciary committee after lengthy discussion on the current penalties for domestic assault.
It expands the definition of a violent felony, because strangulation isn't covered under current domestic statues.
It would also increase probation for 1 to 3 years.
House members say that someone who is willing to choke another individual, is more likely to commit murder later on.
"Its got a lot of silent victims who are so threatened, so fearful, so trapped in their situation that they cant get out of it," Rep. Dan Kirkbride said. "And I think this bill does quite a bit to help them."
The bill is now waiting to be reviewed by the appropriations committee.