Bill in honor of Matson clears finance committee
Published 7:37 pm Friday, April 16, 2021
The Senate’s Finance Committee on Friday approved a bill that strengthens state criminal penalties for individuals who are convicted of assault that causes great bodily harm to a police officer, judge, prosecutor or correctional officer.
The legislation, chief authored by Sen. John Jasinski, R-Faribault, increases the maximum sentence from 20 to 25 years for great bodily harm, and if the assault causes great bodily harm and was committed with deadly force or using a dangerous weapon, from 20 to 30 years.
The bill is in honor of Officer Arik Matson, a Waseca police officer who was nearly killed in the line of duty last January.
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“We are extremely grateful for Minnesota’s police officers who put their lives on the line, in the hardest of circumstances, to keep us safe,” Jasinski said in a news release. “This is a common sense, pro-public safety measure that honors Officer Matson’s service — and the service of every law enforcement officer — by showing the community’s strong support for police and the tough work they do every day.”
The bill now awaits a vote of the full Senate.