Missouri House OKs life prison sentences for child rape

Friday, May 8, 2009 | 8:24 a.m. CDT; updated 10:37 a.m. CDT, Friday, May 8, 2009

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.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.