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Fri August 14, 2009

Death Penalty for Molesters

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Lawmaker wants death for molesters

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A state lawmaker plans to file legislation next year to impose life in prison or the death penalty on repeat child molesters.

Rep. Rex Duncan of Sand Springs says the idea is the result of the arrest of Marcus Berry. Berry is a two-time convicted sex offender who kidnapped a two-year-old girl from her front yard in Tulsa on Wednesday.

Officers say the girl was naked and in a pickup truck with the 56-year-old Berry when they found them.

Berry was convicted in 1986 and again in 1993 when he was sentenced to 30 years in prison. But he served less than 13 years before being released.

Duncan says his bill will allow the death penalty to be considered for those convicted of a second molestation offense.

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