Tougher Penalties For Child Sex Offenders Sought

Photo: clipart.com

Tougher Penalties For Child Sex Offenders Sought

The parents of Kathlynn Shepard are joining with a nonprofit group to push for tougher penalties in Iowa for sex offenders who target children. Kathlynn Shepard, a 15-year-old from Dayton, was abducted along with a 12-year-old girl on May 19. The 12-year-old escaped, while Shepard’s body was found weeks later in the Des Moines River. The man alleged to have kidnapped and killed Shepard, 42-year-old Michael Klunder, took his own life hours after the kidnapping. Klunder was released from prison in 2011 after serving less than half of a 41-year sentence for convictions related to two kidnappings in 1991. Kathlynn’s father, Michael Shepard, spoke about his daughter at a news conference in Dayton…

The news conference was held under the “Tree of Hope,” named in memory of Kathlynn. Joining Shepard was Brent King. His family formed the Chelsea’s Light Foundation. The foundation pushed legislation in California to ensure those who commit violent crimes against children are put behind bars for life…

Chelsea’s Law, passed in California in 2010, is named for King’s 17-year-old daughter who was raped and killed in a San Diego park by a paroled sex offender. King said Chelsea’s Light Foundation will provide legal and financial help to the Shepard family as they prepare a bill to present to the Iowa legislature. Governor Terry Branstad and key lawmakers have said they are open to considering sentencing changes in the wake of Kathlynn’s death.

Recent Headlines

in Local

A Dialysis Center Opens at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Avera dialysis center 112715

A new outpatient dialysis center has opened at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

in Local

SD Businesses Watching Ballot Issues


There will be eleven ballot issues for South Dakota voters to consider in next November’s election.

in Local

Facade Improvement Program Approved for Downtown Yankton

Amy Nelson 122013

The Yankton City Commission approved a façade improvement program for the downtown business area at their last meeting.

in Local

Alzheimer’s Cost to Climb in Iowa

medical file

A new report projects the expense to Medicaid for people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease in Iowa and nationwide will increase dramatically over the next decade.

in National

Trump drops 12 points in poll: Reuters/Ipsos


Donald Trump's support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.