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Kimberlee's Law to make convicted rapists serve their full sentence

Carlos Thomas was convicted of aggravated rape (Source: SCSO) Carlos Thomas was convicted of aggravated rape (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -
Until the night of November 19, 1998, Kimberlee Morton  considered Carlos Thomas a friend. 
That night, she invited him into her apartment. She said he brutally raped her. 
"He just grabbed me and dragged me to my bed, threw me on the bed, and savagely raped me," Morton said. 
Thomas was convicted of aggravated rape, but he got out for good behavior after serving only 85 percent of his 15 year sentence. 
After Thomas was released, Morton decided to take serious action. 
She and Tennessee State Representative Antonio Parkinson became a team, and together they created Kimberlee's Law. 
The law ensures those convicted of aggravated rape serve 100 percent of their sentencing. 
"Rapists should do their time at a hundred percent. I mean there shouldn't be good behavior when you do heinous crimes like that," Morton said. 
Based on Kimberlee's Law, if 23-year-old Palace Bells is convicted of raping an 81-year-old woman in a Raleigh church parking lot, he will have to serve 100 percent of his time. 
Parkinson said Kimberlee's Law is a small piece of comfort for those who have gone through a horrendous life-changing event. 
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