Lawmakers begin the 2014 session Monday, and they now have another discussion point for the next few months. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Senate Vice President Jeff King say penalties for attempted capital murder should be increased.
Schmidt and King are proposing legislation to reaise the penalty to a "Hard 25" sentencing, meaning no chance of parole for 25 years. Currently, people convicted of attempted capital murder can be sentenced to as little as 12 years.
The change would affect sentences in cases such as the attempted killing of a law enforcement officer, attempted killing of more than one person, contract killing and killing of a victim during a kidnapping or serious sex crime.