A Detroit lawmaker is trying to make the penalties stiffer for committing crimes against senior citizens.
State Senator Virgil Smith says his bill is modeled after a California law explaining that he’s looking to increase prison terms for such offenses.
They include causing great bodily harm to a victim under 70, which would add seven years; causing great bodily harm to a victim over 70, an additional nine years; causing death to somebody under 70, an additional nine years; and causing death to someone 70 or older, an additional 11 years.
Smith says seniors are more often targeted for financial, property and violent crimes and he said they have a harder time recovering.
He adds that seniors are also increasingly being taken advantage of with phone scams. Smith said he’s confident the bill has a good chance of passing.