§ 303.16(a). Basic Sentencing Matrix.



Level OGS Example Offenses Prior Record Score
0 1 2 3 4 5 RFEL REVOC
AGG/
MIT
LEVEL 5
State Incar
14 Murder 3
Inchoate Murder (SBI)
Rape (victim ‹13 yrs)
72-SL 84-SL 96-SL 120-SL 168-SL 192-SL 204-SL SL [tilde ]/- 12
13 Inchoate Murder (No SBI)
Weapons Mass Destr-Use
PWID Cocaine (›1,000 g)
60-78 66-84 72-90 78-96 84-102 96-114 108-126 240 +/- 12
12 Rape-Forcible Compulsion
IDSI-Forcible Compulsion
Robbery-Inflicts SBI
48-66 54-72 60-78 66-84 72-90 84-102 96-114 120 +/- 12
11 Agg Asslt-Cause SBI
Voluntary Manslaughter
Sexual Assault
PWID Cocaine (100-1,000 g)
36-54 BC 42-60 48-66 54-72 60-78 72-90 84-102 120 +/- 12
10 Kidnapping
Agg Indecent Assault F2
Arson-Person in Building
Hom by Vehicle-DUI & Work Zone
PWID Cocaine (50-‹100 g)
22-36 BC 30-42 BC 36-48 BC 42-54 48-60 60-72 72-84 120 +/- 12
9 Sexual Exploitation of Children
Robbery-Commit/Threat F1/F2
Burglary-Home/Person Present
Arson-No Person in Building
12-24 BC 18-30 BC 24-36 BC 30-42 BC 36-48 BC 48-60 60-72 120 +/- 12
LEVEL 4
State Incar/ RIP trade
8 (F1)
Agg Assault-Attempt/Cause BI w/DW
Theft (Firearm)
Identity theft (3rd/+ & Vic›=60 yrs)
Hom by Veh-DUI or Work Zone)
Theft (›=$500,000)
PWID Cocaine (10-‹50 g)
9-16 BC 12-18 BC 15-21 BC 18-24 BC 21-27 BC 27-33 BC 40-52 NA +/- 9
LEVEL 3
State/ Cnty Incar RIP trade
7 (F2) Robbery-Inflicts/Threatens BI
Burglary-Home/No Person Present
Assault by Prisoner
Theft ($100,000-‹$500,000)
Identity Theft (3rd/subq)
PWID Cocaine (5-‹10 g)
6-14 BC 9-16 BC 12-18 BC 15-21 BC 18-24 BC 24-30 BC 35-45 BC NA +/- 6
6 Agg Asslt-Cause Fear of SBI
Homicide by Vehicle
Burglary-Not a Home/Person Prsnt
Theft (›$25,000-‹$100,000)
Arson-Endanger Property
PWID Cocaine (2‹5 g)
3-12 BC 6-14 BC 9-16 BC 12-18 BC 15-21 BC 21-27 BC 27-40 BC NA +/- 6
LEVEL 2
Cnty Incar RIP RS
5 (F3)Burglary F2
Theft (›$2000-$25,000)
DUI (M1)
PWID Marij (1‹10 lbs)
RS-91-12 BC3-14 BC6-16 BC9-16 BC12-18 BC 24-36 BCNA+/- 3
4Indecent Assault M2
Forgery (Money, Stocks)
Weapon on School Property
Crim Trespass F2
RS-3RS-9RS-‹123-14 BC6-16 BC9-16 BC21-30 BCNA+/- 3
3 (M1)Simple Assault-Attempt/Cause BI
Theft ($200-$2000)
Carrying Explosives
Simple Possession
RS-1RS-6RS-9RS-‹123-14 BC6-16 BC12-18 BCNA+/- 3
LEVEL
1
RS
2 (M2)Theft ($50-‹$200)
Retail Theft (1st/2nd Offense)
Bad Checks ($500-‹$1,000)
RSRS-2RS-3RS-4RS-61-96-‹12NA+/-3
1 (M3)Most Misd. 3’s; Theft (‹$50)
Disorderly Conduct
Poss. Small Amount Marij.
RSRS-1RS-2RS-3RS-4RS-63-6NA+/-3

 1. Designated areas of the matrix indicate restrictive intermediate punishments may be imposed as a substitute for incarceration.

 2. When restrictive intermediate punishments are appropriate, the duration of the restrictive intermediate punishment programs are recommended not to exceed the guideline ranges.

 3. When the range is RS through a number of months (e.g. RS-6), RIP may be appropriate.

 4. All numbers in sentence recommendations suggest months of minimum confinement pursuant to 42 Pa.C.S. 9755(b) and 9756(b).

 5. Statutory classification (e.g., F1, F2, etc.) in brackets reflect the omnibus OGS assignment for the given grade.

 

Key:
BC = boot camp RIP = restrictive intermediate punishments
CNTY = county RS = restorative sanctions
INCAR = incarceration SBI = serious bodily injury
PWID = possession with intent to deliver SL = statutory limit (longest minimum sentence)
REVOC = repeat violent offender category [tilde ] = no recommendation (aggravated sentence would exceed statutory limit)
RFEL = repeat felony 1 and felony 2 offender category ‹ ; › = less than; greater than

Source

   The provisions of this §  303.16 adopted February 15, 1994, effective August 12, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 2483; amended March 14, 1997, effective June 13, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 1252; amended February 9, 2005, effective June 3, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 1508; amended September 5, 2008, effective December 5, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 4971; amended September 13, 2012, effective December 28, 2012, 42 Pa.B. 6072; renumbered as §  303.16(a) and amended June 6, 2013, effective September 27, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 3655; corrected April 4, 2014, effective September 27, 2013, 44 Pa.B. 1967; amended June 26, 2015, effective September 25, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 3457; amended June 1, 2017, effective December 1, 2017, applicable to all sentences for offenses committed on or after January 1, 2018, 47 Pa.B. 5141. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (378572) to (378575).

Notes of Decisions

   Consecutive Sentence

   In imposing a sentence, the trial judge may determine whether, given the facts of a particular case, a sentence should run consecutive to or concurrent with another sentence being imposed; trial judge clearly disclosed his reasons for sentencing appellant to consecutive sentences, i.e., appellant sold an unregistered security to 69 elderly victims, defrauding them of over $2.5 million and causing them great hardship and financial distress. Commonwealth v. Perry, 883 A.2d 599, 603—604 (Pa. Super. 2005).

   Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

   Trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance by not filing a post-sentence motion challenging excessiveness of defendant’s sentence for drug offenses; defendant was sentenced to a minimum of 120 months which was over five times the aggravated sentence of 22 months. Commonwealth v. Green, 957 A.2d 1238, 1242 (Pa. Super. 2008).

   Range of Sentence

   The standard range designated in the sentencing guidelines is the standard range for the minimum sentence. Dunn v. Colleran, 247 F.3d 450 (3rd Cir. 2001).

   Sentencing Outside Guideline Recommendations

   Sentencing court abused its discretion in imposing the statutory maximum sentences on each respective criminal court where the court failed to make a legally sufficient contemporaneous statement on the record and where the court advanced reasons for imposing a sentence in the aggravated range and then imposed sentence outside of the guidelines. Commonwealth v. Wagner, 702 A.2d 1084 (Pa. Super. 1997).

Cross References

   This section cited in 204 Pa. Code §  303.9 (relating to guideline sentence recommendation: general); and 204 Pa. Code §  303.12 (relating to guideline sentence recommendations: sentencing programs).



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