The Felony Murder Rule

by on May 10, 2010

Under Iowa law a person commits felony murder when the person commits a murder while participating in the commission of a forcible felony. A person convicted of felony murder is guilty of murder in the first degree and this crime is punishable as a class “A” felony which carries a sentence of life imprisonment.

A “forcible felony” is defined as any felonious child endangerment, assault, murder, sexual abuse, kidnapping, robbery, arson in the first degree, or burglary in the first degree.

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