House panel OKs bill to allow parole for young killers
The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee has again recommended a bill that would close a sentencing loophole for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder.
Members passed House Bill 4 with a 5-1 vote Tuesday morning after public testimony Monday.
State Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, cast the vote against recommendation. He has been pushing his own version of a new sentencing structure that would allow for life in prison with parole and life without parole. But House Bill 10 also included a lengthy list of mitigating circumstances to be used during sentencing.
Canales' bill was left pending in committee.