SAINT PAUL, MN – Rep. Kristin Robbins’s (R-Maple Grove) bill to add more prior criminal convictions that qualify for a sentence enhancement for domestic abuse offenders was signed into law last month by Governor Tim Walz. Offenders of certain domestic violence crimes currently qualify for a sentence enhancement if they have a criminal record for other crimes, such as first- or second- degree murder, assault, criminal sexual conduct, or violation of an order for protection, domestic abuse no contact order, or harassment restraining order.
Robbins worked with local Maple Grove law enforcement to add additional qualifying crimes to the statue, including third degree murder, certain cases of first- and second-degree manslaughter that are related to domestic violence, kidnapping, and false imprisonment.
“I am so grateful to Detective Katie Damm and the Maple Grove Police Department’s Domestic Violence Response Team for bringing this issue to my attention,” said Robbins. “Victims of domestic violence deserve justice. Those who commit domestic violence crimes who have a history of committing violent acts against others ought to receive the maximum penalties under the law. I am thankful that my work with Maple Grove Police will enhance sentencing for those who commit these heinous acts.”
The new additions to the prior qualified domestic violence-related offenses will take effect August 1, 2023.