Branstad Talks Sex Offenders

Terry Branstad

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa should review criminal sentencing rules in the wake of the killing of a teenage girl.

Kathlynn Shepard
Branstand made the comments Monday, just days after the body of 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard was found Friday night in the Des Moines River. Authorities say she and a friend were kidnapped last month in Dayton by registered sex offender Michael Klunder.

Michael Klunder
Michael Klunder

Klunder hanged himself after the younger girl got away. He was released from prison in 2011, after serving 20 years for convictions in two separate Iowa kidnappings that occurred on back-to-back days in December 1991.

Branstad says it’s appropriate to review the state’s sentencing provisions. He notes Klunder was turned down for parole several time before being freed, but could only be held for so long under state law.


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