PHOENIX -- Invoking the name of a murdered convenience store clerk, a House panel voted Thursday to deny parole, probation or any type of early release to felons who were in this country illegally when they committed their crime.
Arizona law already allows judges to consider various factors in determining how long a sentence to impose. And one of those is the immigration status of the offender.
SB 1377 spells out if that is the case, a judge must impose at least the "presumptive'' sentence for the crime. That denies the person any chance of arguing there are reasons for the court to be more lenient.
More to the point, the legislation requires that full sentence to be served.
The 5-3 vote came after testimony from Steve Ronnebeck.