Current with changes from the 2020 Second Extraordinary Session through Act 60
Section 905.4 - Aggravating circumstancesA. The following shall be considered aggravating circumstances: (1) The offender was engaged in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of aggravated or first degree rape, forcible or second degree rape, aggravated kidnapping, second degree kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated arson, aggravated escape, assault by drive-by shooting, armed robbery, first degree robbery, second degree robbery, simple robbery, cruelty to juveniles, second degree cruelty to juveniles, or terrorism. (2) The victim was a fireman or peace officer engaged in his lawful duties.(3) The offender has been previously convicted of an unrelated murder, aggravated or first degree rape, aggravated burglary, aggravated arson, aggravated escape, armed robbery, or aggravated kidnapping. (4) The offender knowingly created a risk of death or great bodily harm to more than one person.(5) The offender offered or has been offered or has given or received anything of value for the commission of the offense.(6) The offender at the time of the commission of the offense was imprisoned after sentence for the commission of an unrelated forcible felony.(7) The offense was committed in an especially heinous, atrocious or cruel manner.(8) The victim was a witness in a prosecution against the defendant, gave material assistance to the state in any investigation or prosecution of the defendant, or was an eye witness to a crime alleged to have been committed by the defendant or possessed other material evidence against the defendant.(9) The victim was a correctional officer or any employee of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections who, in the normal course of his employment was required to come in close contact with persons incarcerated in a state prison facility, and the victim was engaged in his lawful duties at the time of the offense.(10) The victim was under the age of twelve years or sixty-five years of age or older.(11) The offender was engaged in the distribution, exchange, sale, or purchase, or any attempt thereof, of a controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law.(12) The offender was engaged in the activities prohibited by R.S. 14:107.1(C)(1)(1).(13) The offender has knowingly killed two or more persons in a series of separate incidents.B. For the purposes of Paragraph A(2) herein, the term "peace officer" is defined to include any constable, marshal, deputy marshal, sheriff, deputy sheriff, local or state policeman, commissioned wildlife enforcement agent, federal law enforcement officer, jail or prison guard, parole officer, probation officer, judge, attorney general, assistant attorney general, attorney general's investigator, district attorney, assistant district attorney, or district attorney's investigator.Amended by Acts 2015, No. 184,s. 6, eff. 8/1/2015.Added by Acts 1976, No. 694, §1. Amended by Acts 1979, No. 74, §2, eff. June 29, 1979; Acts 1985, No. 515, §2; Acts 1985, No. 748, §1; Acts 1987, No. 655, §1; Acts 1987, No. 862, §1; Acts 1989, No. 371, §1; Acts 1995, No. 1179, §1; Acts 1995, No. 1274, §1; Acts 2006, No. 86, §1; Acts 2009, No. 79, §1, eff. June 18, 2009.