Missouri Supreme Court upholds child enticement law

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | 7:12 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Courton Tuesday upheld a 2006 law increasing the penalty for child enticement.

The felony had been punishable by up to four years in prison. But in 2006, lawmakers changed the law to require at least a five-year sentence without parole.

The increased penalty included an emergency clause, making it effective upon the governor's signature June 5, instead of the standard date of Aug. 28.

The enhanced penalty was challenged by Jacob Pribble, who was sentenced to six years in prison for enticing a 14-year-old girl. The girl was actually an undercover police detective. Pribble was arrested Aug. 25, 2006, three days before the law would  have gone into effect.

Pribble, of Maryland Heights, argued there was not an emergency to justify the immediate effective date.


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