2016 Georgia Code
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 4 - Criminal Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation
§ 16-4-10. Domestic terrorism; penalty

GA Code § 16-4-10 (2016) What's This?

(a) As used in this Code section, "domestic terrorism" means any violation of, or attempt to violate, the laws of this state or of the United States which:

(1) Is intended or reasonably likely to injure or kill not less than ten individuals as part of a single unlawful act or a series of unlawful acts which are interrelated by distinguishing characteristics; and

(2)(A) Is intended to intimidate the civilian population of this state, any of its political subdivisions, or of the United States;

(B) Is intended to alter, change, or coerce the policy of the government of this state or any of its political subdivisions by intimidation or coercion; or

(C) Is intended to affect the conduct of the government of this state or any of its political subdivisions by use of destructive devices, assassination, or kidnapping.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person who commits, attempts to commit, conspires to commit, or solicits, coerces, or intimidates another to commit a violation of the laws of this state or of the United States for the purpose of domestic terrorism shall, except in cases for which the death penalty may be imposed and the state has served notice of its intention to seek the death penalty, be sentenced to the maximum term of imprisonment and a fine not to exceed the amount prescribed by Code Section 17-10-8, which penalty shall not be suspended, stayed, probated, or withheld.

(c) In addition to any other provision of law, evidence that a person committed an offense for which the death penalty may be imposed under the laws of this state for the purpose of domestic terrorism shall be admissible during the sentencing phase as a statutory aggravating circumstance. It shall be the duty of the judge to consider, or to instruct the jury to consider, in addition to the statutory aggravating circumstances provided in Code Section 17-10-30, that the offense was committed for the purpose of domestic terrorism.

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