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Emma's Law Signed by Governor Perry

By: KBTX News Staff
By: KBTX News Staff

A bill named after four-year-old girl who was murdered in 2009 after being beaten by her mother's boyfriend has been signed into law by Governor Rick Perry.

Emma Thompson was only four years old when her mothers boyfriend Lucas Coe raped and brutally beat her to death.

Both Coe and Emma's mother -- Abigail Young -- were convicted.

Coe was sentenced to life in prison.

Young was found guilty of reckless injury to a child, a third-degree felony.

Under the new law, Young, will no longer be considered for parole on an annual basis.

Emma's Law makes anyone convicted of a felony against a child eligible for parole every five years instead of once every year.


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