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Father's Unite to Push Laws to Target Sex Offenders
DAYTON (CBS 2/ FOX 28)— Michael Shepard is calling for justice.
It's been nearly one month since the body of his 15-year-old daughter Kathlynn was discovered in a river after police say she was kidnapped and killed by convicted sex offender, Michael James Klunder.
"With the stubbornness of my family, we're not going to stop until it's done," Shepard said. "If it takes one session or ten sessions, we won't stop, there will be a law."
Shepard alongside Brent King--whose daughter Chelsea was raped and killed in San Diego in 2010--are asking Iowa lawmakers to give life-sentences to anyone who commits violent crimes against children.
"It's a one-strike law, that doesn't give the ability for release --one and you're done-- we don't need a second victim," King said at a news conference Saturday.
Drew Collins has also been pushing for tougher laws for sex offenders. The bodies of his daughter Elizabeth and niece Lyric Cook were found last December after being missing for five months.
"I know what they're going through,” Collins said. “I know how they feel. I'm still in mourning."
He's been pushing lawmakers to re-enact the death penalty for anyone convicted of murder along with a Class A felony.
"What we're doing is broken,” Collins said regarding current state laws against sex offenders. “And it's just going to keep getting worse