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  • NJ A2040
  • Upgrades assault on victims who are disabled.
In Committee
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would upgrade the offense of assault in situations where the victim is disabled. Under the bill, a person who causes bodily injury to a person with a disability would be guilty of a crime of the third degree and would be sentenced to a mandatory term of imprisonment of three years. Under the bill, a "person with a disability" means a person who by reason of a pre-existing medically determinable physical or mental impairment is substantially incapable of exercising normal physical or mental power of resistance, and includes, but is not limited to, a person determined disabled pursuant to the federal Social Security Act or any other governmental retirement or benefits program that uses substantially the same criteria for determining eligibility. This bill was prompted by the brutal assault and mugging of a mentally challenged Trenton man, Joey Damiano, in May 2006. According to Trenton police, Joey was beaten and blinded in one eye by an unknown assailant, or group of assailants, as he was taking his daily walk on Washington Street and Roebling Avenue in the Chambersburg section of Trenton.
Human Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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