2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 18 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
Chapter 25 - Criminal Homicide
2506 - Drug delivery resulting in death.
§ 2506. Drug delivery resulting in death. (a) General rule.--A person commits murder of the third degree who administers, dispenses, delivers, gives, prescribes, sells or distributes any controlled substance or counterfeit controlled substance in violation of section 13(a)(14) or (30) of the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64), known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, and another person dies as a result of using the substance. (b) Mandatory minimum sentence.--A person convicted under subsection (a) shall be sentenced to a minimum sentence of at least five years of total confinement and a fine of $15,000, or such larger amount as is sufficient to exhaust the assets utilized in and the proceeds from the illegal activity, notwithstanding any other provision of this title or other statute to the contrary. (c) Proof of sentencing.--(Deleted by amendment). (d) Authority of court in sentencing.--There shall be no authority in any court to impose on an offender to which this section is applicable a lesser sentence than provided for herein or to place the offender on probation, parole, work release or prerelease or to suspend sentence. Nothing in this section shall prevent the sentencing court from imposing a sentence greater than provided herein. Sentencing guidelines promulgated by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing shall not supersede the mandatory sentences provided herein. Disposition under section 17 or 18 of The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act shall not be available to a defendant to which this section applies. (e) Appeal by Commonwealth.--If a sentencing court refuses to apply subsection (b) where applicable, the Commonwealth shall have the right to appellate review of the action of the sentencing court. The appellate court shall vacate the sentence and remand the case to the sentencing court for imposition of a sentence in accordance with subsection (b) if it finds that the sentence was imposed in violation of subsection (b). (f) Forfeiture.--Assets against which a forfeiture petition has been filed and is pending or against which the Commonwealth has indicated an intention to file a forfeiture petition shall not be subject to a fine. Nothing in this section shall prevent a fine from being imposed on assets which have been subject to an unsuccessful forfeiture petition. (Dec. 22, 1989, P.L.773, No.109, eff. imd.; Feb. 18, 1998, P.L.102, No.19, eff. 60 days) Cross References. Section 2506 is referred to in section 3308 of this title; section 3903 of Title 61 (Prisons and Parole).
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