GOV. BLUNT: "THE WORST CRIMES DESERVE THE MOST SERIOUS PUNISHMENTS"
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A week after the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for lethal injections, Governor Matt Blunt renewed his call for state lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow the death penalty for child rapists.
Blunt made his announcement on the steps on the Greene County courthouse with Rep. Shane Schoeller and Senator Jack Goodman. Blunt wants to allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty in cases of rape and sodomy when the victim is younger than 12 years old. The Governor referred to a recent case in Springfield where a 36-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping, raping and sodomizing a 7-year-old girl.
"Those evil predators who rob our children of their youth and innocence deserve the most serious punishment we can deliver both as a matter of justice and as a matter of deterrence," Blunt said.
Currently, five states have laws that allow capital punishment for a violent offender convicted of rape. Four other states are considering it.