Stiffer penalty for assaulting nurses

Published 08/20 2013 05:26PM

Updated 08/20 2013 06:06PM

ILLINOIS -- A new state law means harsher punishment for patients who harm nurses. Under the law, at attack on an on-duty nurse will classify as aggravated battery. It's a felony with a 2 - 5 year prison sentence.

Similar legislation is already in place for firemen, police and teachers. It goes into effect in January.

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