Slain Iowa teen’s family to push for 1-strike law

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The parents of the 15-year-old Iowa girl who was kidnapped and killed will work with a California nonprofit to push for stricter sentencing and monitoring of sex offenders who target children.

Kathlynn Shepard’s parents have called a news conference in Dayton on Saturday with the group supporting Chelsea’s Law, which was passed in California in 2010.

The law was named after Chelsea King, a 17-year-old who was who was killed by a sex offender after she went for a run in San Diego.

The law allows judges to sentence some offenders who commit violent crimes against children to life in prison without parole, a so-called one-strike provision.

Chelsea’s father, Brent King, says Friday he’ll work with the Shepards to pursue a one-strike rule and other changes to protect Iowa children.

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