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Father of Missing Dayton Teen Asks for Stricter Punishments
Updated: Wednesday, May 29 2013, 02:26 PM CDT
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) -- Missing Dayton teen Kathlynn Shepard's father is asking Sen. Charles Grassley to support stricter sex-crime penalties, which he argued could have prevented his daughter's abduction last week.
Wearing 15-year-old Kathlynn's favorite color purple, her father Michael Shepard asked the Republican senator at a town hall meeting Wednesday to support legislation that friends and family supporters will offer to the Iowa Legislature.
Shepard told Grassley and 80 others at the Fort Dodge library, "Nobody else should have to suffer what we've gone through."
Grassley thanked him but noted this was a state, not a federal issue.
Police suspect Michael Klunder abducted Kathlynn and a 12-year-old girl who escaped. He'd pleaded guilty to kidnapping after a 1991 offense and served less than his 41-year sentence due to earned time. Klunder committed suicide.