Code of the District of Columbia

§ 22–2102. Murder in the first degree — Placing obstructions upon or displacement of railroads.

Whoever maliciously places an obstruction upon a railroad or street railroad, or displaces or injures anything appertaining thereto, or does any other act with intent to endanger the passage of any locomotive or car, and thereby occasions the death of another, is guilty of murder in the first degree. For purposes of imprisonment following revocation of release authorized by § 24-403.01(b)(7), murder in the first degree is a Class A felony.


(Mar. 3, 1901, 31 Stat. 1321, ch. 854, § 799; June 8, 2001, D.C. Law 13-302,§ 4(b), 47 DCR 7249.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 22-2402.

1973 Ed., § 22-2402.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 22-2103, § 22-3152, § 23-113, § 24-112, and § 24-251.02.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-302 added the last sentence.

Cross References

Offenders convicted under this section, eligibility for furlough, see § 24-251.02.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 4(b) of the Sentencing Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-410, August 11, 2000, 47 DCR 7271).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4(b) of the Sentencing Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 13-462, November 7, 2000, 47 DCR 9443).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4(b) of Sentencing Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-2, February 2, 2001, 48 DCR 2239).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4(b) of Sentencing Reform Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-51, May 2, 2001, 48 DCR 4370).