Lawmakers in Florida, Texas and other states have increased penalties for sex crimes especially against children in recent years. Minnesota is attempting to join them as they prepare to prosecute two alleged sex crime and seek life with no chance of parole.
In Minnesota, the 2003 rape and murder of college student Dru Sjodin by a convicted sex offender rallied lawmakers who wanted to put dangerous sexual predators behind bars for good.
Minnesota’s law allows life without parole for sex crimes featuring “heinous elements” such as torture, mutilation, multiple victims or “extreme inhumane conditions” that could lead to “severe ongoing mental, emotional or psychological harm.”
Note: First-time offenders aren’t eligible unless their crimes involve two such factors.
Dru Sjodin website