Texas Senate Bill 719, dubbed “Lauren’s Law,” passed unanimously in the senate Tuesday.
Texas 30th District Senator Pat Fallon — the original author of the bill — commented on the passage and said he hopes the Texas House of Representatives follows the same path as the senate.
On Sept. 2, 2016 Bianka and Vern Landavazo’s daughter, Lauren, was shot and killed on her way home from school.
Lauren’s friend, Makayla Smith, was also shot and injured. She recovered from her injuries.
The gunman, Kody Lott, was sentenced in September 2018 to life in prison and 20 years for the aggravated assault of Smith.
Former Wichita County District Attorney Maureen Shelton said, “In the state of Texas, in order to get capital murder, if you murder a child, the child has to be under the age of 10.”
Since Lott wasn’t charged with capital murder due to Landavazo’s age he could be eligible for parole after serving 30 years.
“Lauren’s Law” raises the capital murder age from 10 to 15-years-old.
“We’re not going to stand for a murderer, who murders a child under the age of 15 to be eligible for parole, ever,” Fallon said.
Fallon is confident Governor Greg Abbott will sign the bill.