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Tenn. lawmaker wants rapists to serve full sentences

A Mid-South rape victim is taking her fight to Nashville to force what's called "truth in sentencing." A Mid-South rape victim is taking her fight to Nashville to force what's called "truth in sentencing."

(WMC-TV) – A Mid-South rape victim is taking her fight to Nashville to force what's called "truth in sentencing."

Kimberlee Morton was brutally attacked and raped in 1998. Her attacker was released more than two years early.

In response to the case, Tennessee state Rep. Antonio Parkinson filed a bill to enforce "truth in sentencing."

Both Morton and Morton will head to Nashville this week to push for the legislation in front of lawmakers.

Thirteen years ago Morton let a neighbor into her home and that act of kindness almost killed her.

"He raped me, stabbed me in my neck and side, punctured my lungs, burst my blood vessels in my eyes and poured Clorox all over my body leaving me with second degree burns,' she said.

Carlos Thomas was convicted of aggravated rape, but was released early for good behavior.

That left Kimberlee Morton feeling victimized again.

Parkinson watched an Action News 5 report on the case and decided to take action.

He filed a bill to demand aggravated rapists serve 100 percent of their sentence.

"There's a loophole in the law that allows them time off credits for good behavior while incarcerated and we want to close that loophole," he said.

Parkinson filed that bill in January. This Wednesday, Morton will address a subcommittee about truth in sentencing.

"You get to see the human side of how our laws have an effect or effect the citizens of Tennessee," Parkinson said.

Eventually, Parkinson hopes to push legislation for mandatory, 100 percent sentences for all violent offenders. But this Wednesday he's taking the first step, and hopes to see all convicted aggravated rapists serve 100 percent of their sentences.

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