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Looting is one step closer to being felony in Oklahoma

Looters will be shot

OKLAHOMA CITY – Looting is one step closer to becoming a felony in Oklahoma.

A new bill would elevate the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony with punishments ranging from two to seven years in prison.

Senator Anthony Sykes said he wrote the bill in response to the looting reports after the May 20 tornado in Moore.

The senate approved the bill Tuesday 36-1 and it now heads to the house for consideration.