2004 Regular Session
To: Judiciary B
By: Representative Morris
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 97-29-25, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CREATE THE FELONY OF DESECRATION OF A HUMAN CORPSE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 97-29-25, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
97-29-25. (1) (a) Every person who shall knowingly and willfully dig up, except as otherwise provided by law, obliterate, or in any way desecrate any cemetery where human dead are interred, or cause through word, deed or action the same to happen, shall upon conviction be imprisoned for not more than one (1) year in the county jail or fined not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or both, in the discretion of the court. In addition to any penalties that the court is otherwise authorized to impose the court may, in its discretion, order such restitution as it deems appropriate.
(b) In construing this section, a cemetery shall mean any plot of ground (i) on which are grave markers of stone, wood, metal or any other material recognizable as marking graves, or (ii) the boundaries of which are defined by a recorded plat, a fence line or corner markers, or trees, or are defined in any other discernible manner.
(2) Every person who shall knowingly and willfully dig up, except as otherwise provided by law, or in any way desecrate any corpse of any human being or the casket in which the corpse is placed, or cause through word, deed or action the same to happen, shall upon conviction be guilty of a felony and shall be imprisoned for not more than three (3) years or fined not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or both, in the discretion of the court.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2004.