Attack victim fighting for truth in sentencing

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman who was attacked in her home is feeling victimized for a second time after her attacker's early release from prison.

Kimberlee Morton lives in New York, but she is back in Memphis on a mission.

Morton is collecting signatures on a petition which calls for truth in sentencing.

"When I tell them what it's about, they're like, 'oh yes,'" said Morton.

In 1998, while living in Memphis, Morton was brutally raped, stabbed and burned with bleach by an upstairs neighbor she thought was her friend.

"I don't think about him, but I do have dreams about the attack," said Morton.

Carlos Thomas, who also goes by the name Carlos Turner, was sentenced to 15 years.  In August, he was released from prison on good behavior after serving only 85 percent of his sentence.

"Any heinous crime, you should do all your time at a hundred percent," said Morton.  "You shouldn't get out on good behavior."

According to the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry, Thomas is living at a home in Memphis.

"I went to the sex offender registry because I am trying to stay on top of everything so he will not hurt another person," said Morton.

While Morton fights for truth in sentencing, she has also been fighting for her safety.  Because she lives in New York, she had initially been denied a restraining order against Thomas in Memphis.

"I don't understand," said Morton.  "I mean, the justice system already failed me, at least they could have the decency to protect me when I'm here."

After talking to prosecutors Friday, Morton was able to apply for a worldwide order of protection.

"It's not that I'm afraid, it's just that I want something in writing stating that whenever I'm in Memphis, he has to stay away from me," she said.

Morton will have to appear at a hearing before her restraining order request can be granted.  Her attacker will also be given an opportunity to speak at that hearing, which has not been scheduled yet.

Morton will be at the Southbrook Mall collecting signatures from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

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