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Ranking of Two New Offenses Featured in the Prioritizing Public Safety Emergency Amendment Act - September 2023

The Sentencing Commission has ranked the two new adult felony offenses created in the Prioritizing Public Safety Emergency Amendment Act of 2023. Endangerment With a Firearm (D.C. Code § 22-4503.03) was ranked in Master Group 9. Strangulation (D.C. Code § 22-404.04) was ranked in Master Group 8. The Strangulation offense also includes an enhancement that, if applied, raises the maximum fine and incarceration term by 1 ½ times. If the enhancement applies, the top of the applicable Sentencing Guidelines range will also increase by 1 ½ times (this is standard for all enhancements with a 1 ½ multiplier).  Lastly, the amended offense of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (D.C. § 22-4503), did not require reranking. The Commission approved the new ranking at its September 19, 2023, meeting.  Unless otherwise agreed to by the parties the Court shall apply the ranking to pleas/verdicts entered on or after July 20, 2023. Please see the Guidelines Alert for more specifics.