ADVERTISEMENT

Michael and Denise Shepard of Dayton have urged legislators to enhance penalties for those who kidnap children. They are the parents of Kathlynn Shepard, who was kidnapped and murdered May 20, 2013 after getting off a school bus. I support this legislation in the hope to help prevent similar crimes from occurring in the future.

Kathlynn’s parents urged lawmakers to increase penalties and oversight for sex offenders who attack children. The proposed legislation has survived the first funnel. The bill adds kidnapping of a person 16 or younger to the definition of 2nd degree kidnapping. This would make the crime a class “B” felony. The bill also makes a second count of 3rd degree kidnapping a class “B” felony.

The heart of the Shepard case, though, deals with the fact Michael Klunder, who was considered the suspect in the case, had been released early from prison after serving time in a different kidnapping case. Klunder was sentenced to 41 years in prison for an unrelated kidnapping case.

Subscribe For Latest Updates

Sign up to receive stimulating conservative Christian commentary in your inbox.

Invalid email address
We promise not to spam you. You can unsubscribe at any time.
You May Also Like

The Iowa House Passes Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill

An ultrasound bill passed in the Iowa House of Representatives late Thursday afternoon on a 57 to 39 vote with bipartisan support.

Joni Ernst Raises $250 K in Third Quarter

Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) raised $250,000 in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 for her U.S. Senate campaign.

What Do the Changes to Chapter 20 Mean for Iowa Taxpayers?

Jennifer Crull: Chapter 20 changes are important for Iowa Taxpayers for restraining the growth of government and preventing an increase in our tax burden.

Iowa House Passes Stand Your Ground, Pro-Gun Measures

The Iowa House of Representatives passed “stand your ground” language and other pro-gun measures in an omnibus gun bill, HF 517, by a 58 to 39 vote.