Governor signs law to make sure violent rapists serve full sentences

(WMC-TV) – A new Tennessee law is making sure there is truth in sentencing.

Kimberlee's Law was signed by Governor Bill Haslam Tuesday afternoon. The law was conceived from the story of Kimberlee Morton.

Kimberlee was brutally raped, stabbed, and burned with bleach in 1998 by a man she thought was her friend.

She later found out, Carlos Thomas was released from prison early for good behavior. He served just 85 percent of his sentence.

Tennessee state representative Antonio Parkinson saw Action News 5's report on the early release and took action.

Tuesday, the governor signed the law that will close the loophole allowing violent rapists to earn good behavior credits.

"I can't begin to tell you the joy to know that no other victim will be cheated by the Tennessee justice system," said Morton.

Kimberlee was the key to getting her story out. Instead of hiding, she went public and shared her story of survival with Maury Povich and Montel Williams.

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