Overhaul of Minnesota Felony Murder Laws May Result in Prisoner Releases
30 November 2023
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The MN Legislature enacted significant changes to the felony murder laws this year, stipulating that individuals can only be charged with murder if they had the intention to cause a death or played a major role in the act.
The retroactive nature of the new law raises the possibility of the release of numerous individuals currently incarcerated for murder. Prior to this amendment, individuals could be convicted of murder without personally causing harm or intending to do so, thanks to the state's aiding and abetting liability and felony murder statutes.