Don't Kill People

Reagan Hines & Sydney Cherry

The Code

First and second degree murder defined; punishment.

Murder, other than capital murder, by poison, lying in wait, imprisonment, starving, or by any willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing, or in the commission of, or attempt to commit, arson, rape, forcible sodomy, inanimate or animate object sexual penetration, robbery, burglary or abduction, except as provided in § 18.2-31, is murder of the first degree, punishable as a Class 2 felony.

All murder other than capital murder and murder in the first degree is murder of the second degree and is punishable by confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than five nor more than forty years.


Unofficial Codes: Don't Kill People has been around since the beginning of Earth. It is also in every religion as well, like the Ten Commandments in the Bible. As well as, everybody knows that killing people is bad. The rules contain to really just not hurt people in general, but especially not kill them.


Overview of the History

Not killing people has been around since the beginning of time. Again, with most religions, there is a law/commandment to not kill people or you will go to Hell. So, there has always been a punishment associated with killing people. Even in the first law code ever made, Hammurabi's Code, one of the laws was to not kill people. It's relevance to people today is still very important. All people know not to kill people and killing people ruins lives, families, and, the person's who did it life. Even today in our code, the punishment can get you life in prison.