JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has approved legislation that sets life prison sentences for those convicted of particularly vile rapes against children.
The legislation was approved 138-15 on Thursday and now goes to Senate. Lawmakers have about a week to pass bills before the legislative session ends.
Under the bill, those who commit sodomy or rape against a child who is less than 12 years old would face a life prison sentence if the crime was "outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhumane," such as an incident involving torture.
Sponsoring House member Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, said the life prison sentence would only apply to the most serious cases.