Criminal defendants accused of specific crimes against children could be facing longer prison sentences if convicted under proposed changes to the law in Missouri. Potential modifications, supported by advocacy group Missouri KidsFirst, would result in longer prison terms for family members accused of sex crimes against kids. Adults accused of abandonment could face similarly heightened consequences.
A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to three criminal counts in connection with a fatal 2012 drunk driving accident. The man, who was 20 at the time of the accident, had been charged with two counts of second-degree assault and a single allegation of involuntary manslaughter. Sentencing in the DWI case is scheduled for early June.