The House has passed House File 2253, which toughens penalties for those convicted of crimes against children, specifically kidnapping. This bill was generated after a last summer’s kidnapping of Kathlynn Shepard and Desi Hughes, resulting in the murder of 15-year-old Shepard.
The bill makes the crime of kidnapping a child 15 or under a class B felony and lengthens prison time for those who are convicted of this crime. In the Shepard case, the murderer was a convicted child kidnapper who was freed due to good behavior. This bill would have ensured he stayed in prison.
"All Iowans want to keep our children safe, this bill will go a long way to help prevent a situation like this from happening again. My heart goes out to the Shepard family. Desi Hughes and the Shepard family are in our prayers," State Senator Rob Bacon.