MY TURN: Fighting for what’s right - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MY TURN: Fighting for what’s right

WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

(WMC-TV) - Action News 5 this week told the story of Kimberlee Morton, a Memphis woman who 13 years ago was raped, beaten and left for dead. She did not die and the man who committed the crime was sent away to prison 15 years.

That seems like a light sentence, but Morton was assured that her attacker would have to serve 100% of that sentence. Fast forward to this week, and that criminal is being let out of prison more than two years early.

Morton is pushing Tennessee lawmakers for stronger truth in sentencing legislation. Ms. Morton had to endure an unthinkable act, but least she's here today to fight for better crime laws. There are many other unbelievable cases across the state where people have died because their attackers were let out of jail after serving only a small portion of their sentences.

We all know that the answer to our crime problem cannot simply be lock them up and throw away the key, but Ms. Morton and many other crime victims deserve straight answers about the prison time their attackers will actually be required to serve.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.

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