State Legislation, Minnesota house of representatives: Impose a law change on murder children. Fighting for mandatory life in prison, "Cameron's Law"
"MANDATORY LIFE FOR MURDERING A CHILD"
There is a real life terror in this world, knowing that there are atrocious people out there that have no issue murdering a child.
I am fighting to raise awareness to the public that my mission is to impose HARSH Child Murder Laws in Minnesota.
Minnesota does not consider child murder to be an abomination. Minnesota's sentencing guidelines are way to lenient and this injustice must end! **We Need Child Murder Laws**
The law currently allows plea bargains, 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, and light sentencing, just to name a few. To be frank, there are to many "lesser charge" options when it comes to murder.
However, there are no laws that strictly cover the "Killing of Children". That is the part I am seeking to change. The law also offers parole and 2/3rd's good time served, even for offenders that commit the murder of a child. I am seeking to change that also.
The law should be firm, clear, cut, and crisp. If an adults murders an innocent child, and if found convicted....there will be a mandatory sentence of LIFE in prison, with No Parole.
Samuel Christopher Jones brutally and violently beat and murdered my 3 year old son Cameron Norris on February 7, 2003. Cameron was tortured. His head was bashed into a wall multiple times, he was kicked and punched and burned with cigarettes. The police even found a piece of duct tape in the trash with Cameron’s blood on it. Jones used the tape to cover Cameron’s mouth as he cried and screamed in horror and in immense pain. My baby’s death was atrocious and heinous. Unimaginable, yet it really happened.
Samuel Jones was initially charged with *Intentional* second-degree murder. Jones refused to plead guilty, even though there was overwhelming evidence that he murdered my son. He decided to take this case to trial. The jury was selected and at the last minute, Jones decided to take a deal from the prosecution. The deal was for Jones to plead guilty to *Unintentional* second-degree murder, for a 20 year prison sentence.
I was never informed about this deal in full detail. I did not understand the prosecutions offer to Jones. Therefore, I had no knowledge of the devastating consequences this deal would have on me in the years to come. I was never told that Jones would get 20 years for murdering an innocent baby, only to actually serve 13 years and be released back into society 3/8/2017 on parole, for his remaining 6 years, until 2023.
THE FIGHT OF A LIFE TIME
Due to this horrible experience, I have made it my life’s mission to fight to change laws on adults that murder children. I have a Facebook page called “Fighting for Cameron and kids” that I began in April 2013. My fight is to impose child murder laws. No child should be murdered and swept under the rug like my son was.
I cannot stress enough that there are no strict murder laws in place to fully protect the justice of our children when they are murdered by an adult. All children are innocent, and defenseless. The law currently offers plea bargains, and lesser charges on murder, just to get a conviction.
I am seeking for Governor Mark Dayton, Congress and State Legislation to consider “Cameron’s Law”. Under Cameron’s Law, if any adult should be arrested for killing a minor child under 17 years of age, he/she will be charged with *Intentional* first-degree murder.
Once a suspect is arrested, he/she will automatically be charged with Intentional first-degree murder. The prosecution can build their case, if they haven’t done it already. The suspect still has the same rights as everyone else, such as the right to counsel, a right to a fair or speedy trial and so on.
If there is substantial evidence and an air tight case for the prosecution to get a conviction of guilty by a judge and jury, the offender will be sentenced to life in prison, without parole. The offender will then pay $75,000 in restitution to the parents of the child he/she killed.
If a suspect decides to confess or is offered a deal, the only offer on the table will be a lesser charge of *Intentional* second-degree murder. This conviction holds a life sentence also, however, with good behavior, an offender can be released on parole for 10 years, after serving 33 years of his/her life sentence. The offender will have to pay the parents restitution in the amount of $75,000 for the child he/she killed.
The offender will have to complete four 6-8 weeks long anger management classes, Intense non-stop therapy, psychiatry and medication (if applicable), his/her preferred educational classes, hold a job in prison successfully, follows directions and stay out of trouble with a low disciplinary action record.
All restitution must be paid in full, and requirements completed in order for an offender to be considered for parole. If considered for parole an extensive review of his/her prison sentence will be completed to either approve or deny his/her release. The review of the offender will be truthful and fair. Release will never be guaranteed at any given time.
Jones is allowed freedom, due to “2/3rd's time served" I am seeking to abolish that completely from the murder law as well. People, who murder children, do not deserve to see freedom, even if they have served 2/3rd of their sentence.
Minnesota abolished the death penalty, so I am asking for a life sentence for murdering a child. Thank you!
**An adult is supposed to care for a child; children are very much dependent on adults. Children expect adults to care and protect them, not neglect, abuse and kill them**.
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- Minnesota Governor
- Minnesota House Representative
- Minnesota State Senate
James P. Metzen
Good day to you! I have created this petition because there is a dire need for a very well deserved adjustment when it comes to the murder laws when a child is murdered at the hands of an adult. These adults that murder sweet innocent children receive a prison sentence that are not harsh enough by a long shot. Baby killers serve a certain amount of time in prison, and then are released back into society, like nothing ever happened. If I may ask, have you maybe considered what this does to the victims that have been devastated for life?? Releasing a person who murders a child is basically saying to us victims that, your justice system got what you would out of a killer, and now your job is done. How is that fair? These baby killers deserve LIFE in prison, not parole. I began this petition in hopes to get your attention so you can see my cry for change and the necessity behind my requests.
I am asking you to greatly consider enforcing a new Law called "Cameron's Law" ( In honor of my son) A law put in place strictly for adults that murder children. This law will firmly state:
"If an adult is accused of murdering a child, the initial charge will be 1st degree murder. If convicted in trial, the prison sentence will be Mandatory Life sentence without parole. If a person does not want to go to trial, the lesser charge that will be offered will be "Intentional" 2nd degree murder, a prison sentence of 33 years before parole will even be considered as an option. In order for the offender can go up for review after 33 years, he/she will have to complete extensive requirements throughout their prison sentence to even be reviewed or considered for parole. I will be glad to explain in more detail, in person.
Please consider this request because this type of crime has been spinning out of control for far to long......
Currently, 5 year old Alayna Ertl was recently murdered on 8/22/2016, by a family friend named Zachary Anderson. He was charged with 2nd degree murder, along with other charges, and he is awaiting trial. These parents deserve justice for their baby girl!
Secondly, 4 month old Emersyn Morris was brutally beat to death on 8/13/2016, by her father Corry Morrison. Morris too, was offered 2nd degree murder. This mother deserves justice for her baby girl!
3rdly, 2 year old Le'Vonte King Jason Jones who was fatal shot in the chest by a stray bullet while he was riding in the car with his father, Melvonte Peterson. Peterson was charged with possession of a firearm and drive by shooting for firing back at the person shooting at him. Chris Maurice Welch was charged with probably cause murder, but he was released from custody. It is still questioned whether he is baby Le'vote's killer or not. This mother deserves justice for her baby boy!
2nd degree murder has a prison sentence of up to no more than 40 years, yet.......Many killers are only sentenced to 20 years or less. Please hear me, this has to stop.
The real reason behind this passionate need for change is because my son 3 year old son Cameron Norris was brutally and violently murdered on February 7, 2003, at the hands of Samuel Christopher Jones. The evidence was overwhelming against Jones. If he went to trial he would have been found guilty and given 40 to life. However, he was offered a plea bargain, on the lesser charge of 2nd degree (unintentional) murder. His sentence was 20 years in prison. This murderous predator is going to be released on 3/8/2017 after only serving 14 years of his 20 year sentence. How is this justice to my heart and soul? He murdered my precious, innocent, and defenseless child.
I cannot change the facts or the outcome of my little boys case, or any other cases already settled in court, however, I am looking to change the law for the future. Adults should not be able to murder children and get off with a light sentence. There are more cases then just mine, where a child murderer got off much easier then they should have. This can not continue to happen. We should give our children a voice forever, even if it is in death. Our children need us to take a firm stand for them. We really need the law change to happen. Please consider imposing "Cameron's Law". This is one change, that cannot be passed over. I want to thank you greatly for your time and consideration of my request. God bless you.
I appreciate your position in office and I pray that you will be able to support my insight and implement "Cameron's Law" into the justice system and honor it to its full potential. Thank you and God bless you all and Thank you for your time and consideration.
Cynthia L. Sweats
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