The bill makes the crime of kidnapping a child 15 years of age or under, a class B felony and lengthens prison time for those who are convicted of this crime. In the Shepard case, the murderer was a convicted child kidnapper who was released early due to good behavior. This bill requires that the perpetrator convicted of this crime serve the entire prison sentence.
While I am deeply saddened by the loss of Kathlynn Shepard and the trauma suffered by Desi Hughes, I am hopeful this measure will prevent this horrific situation from ever happening again.
On Friday, March 7, I will be holding a town hall forum at D&S Cafe in Melcher at 6:30 a.m. I am excited to announce that following Melcher, a forum will be held at the Pleasantville High School… during Government Class! The public is also invited to attend. We will begin at 9. Later that same day, I will be in Knoxville at Tasos’ Steakhouse starting at 5 p.m.
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Until next time, God bless!
Representative Greg Heartsill (R-Columbia)
Iowa House District 28