H. B. 3049
(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, and Delegates Beach,
Pino, Stalnaker, Amores, Poling, Varner and Stemple)
[Introduced March 15, 2005; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §61-3-9, relating to
creating a new crime of wanton endangerment involving the use
of fire; and imposing a criminal penalty.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-3-9, to read as
ARTICLE 3. CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY.
§61-3-9. Wanton endangerment involving the use of fire; penalty.
Any person who wantonly performs any act with the use of fire
which creates substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to
another, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be
committed to the custody of the Division of Corrections for not
less than two years nor more than ten years or fined not more than
ten thousand dollars or both fined and imprisoned.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create a new crime of
wanton endangerment involving the use of fire; and to impose a
criminal penalty for such crime.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.