Iowa Lawmaker Calls For Bringing Back Death Penalty

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Republican lawmaker was backed by the parents of slain children as he called for the reinstatement of Iowa's death penalty.

Milo Sen. Kent Sorenson announced Friday he would introduce a measure that would establish capital punishment for the first time since the 1960s.

The death penalty would be limited to people convicted of first-degree murder in which a victim was kidnapped or sexually abused or if the victim was a child. Among those standing with Sorenson were Heather and Drew Collins, whose daughter Elizabeth was killed after disappearing last July with her cousin Lyric Cook.

Sorenson says he'll also propose four other measures dealing with kidnapping and sex offense convictions. The chairman of a Senate panel says he won't consider the bill, but Sorenson says he'll seek public hearings.

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