An Iowa House judiciary subcommittee has approved a bill written in response to the abduction and killing of a Dayton teenager. Michael and Denise Shepard addressed lawmakers Thursday morning on House Study Bill 501, also known as Kathlynn's Hope Law. State Representative Chip Baltimore says the law would eliminate the opportunity for convicts of certain crimes to be eligible for early release based on good behavior:
It would also increase sentences from 10 years to 25 years if the victim is 15 or younger. In May, Authorities say Michael Klunder kidnapped and murdered Kathlynn after he was released from prison early following a separate kidnapping conviction. The bill will move forward to the full house judiciary committee.