Texas Law Would Enhance Penalty For Certain Murders

Barbara Schwarz
May 23, 2019 - 6:28 am
Texas governor Greg Abbott

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Lauren's Law, a  measure headed to Governor Abbott's desk would carry stronger punishment for those who kill children over the age of ten and under the age of 14.

Killing a child under ten is a capital homicide. Those convicted face either the death penalty of life in prison with no chance of parole.  

In September of 2016, 13 year old Lauren Landavazo was shot to death in Wichita Falls while walking home from school. 

Under Lauren's Law, killers who's victims are between ten and 15 would face the same charge but execution would not be an option.  Lauren's father Vern Landavazo says  she was always trying to help others.  "That to us is an amazing legacy to carry on, and this is the perfect opportunity.  She's helping to protect who would be her peers.  Her 13 and 14-year-old friend would not be protected when they weren't."

The bill passed the house 132-8 and was unanimously passed by the senate. The man who killed Lauren was given a sentence of life with the possibility of parole after 30 years

It was carried by Wichita Falls Republican representative James Frank and Republican state senator Pat Fallon of Prosper.