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Committee Approves Increased Penalties for Crimes Against Kids

Committee Approves Increased Penalties for Crimes Against Kids



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A measure that would increase penalties for sex offenders and kidnappers has jumped another hurdle.

House Bill 86, sponsored by Representative Carl Wimmer, was approved yesterday by a Senate committee. The measure would create a series of standard minimum sentences for people who commit grievous crimes against children.

The Herriman Republican says judges would be required to use the sentences unless the cases involved certain mitigating circumstances.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News, http://www.deseretnews.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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