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NY Rape/Murderer Gets Life Sentence: A New York man has been found guilty and sentenced to life without parole for raping a young girl and killing her mother after cutting off his court-ordered GPS ankle monitor last year.  The Associated Press reports that 30-year-old David Renz, who was wearing the GPS monitor as a condition of pretrial release for federal pornography charges, carjacked the woman and her 10-year-old daughter as they left a gymnastics class.  Renz strangled and stabbed the woman as she fought him off in an attempt to stop him from raping her daughter, the young girl was able to escape the vehicle and was soon rescued by a passing motorist. 

New Jersey Governor Signs Bill to Increase Penalties for Sex Offenders: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation which would require longer sentences for sexual predators who target children.  Matt Friedman of The Star-Ledger reports that the bill, known as the Jessica Lunsford Act (A892), will take effect immediately will require judges to sentence anyone convicted of aggravated assault against a child under the age of 13 to a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison without parole.  The law was named for a 9-year-old Florida girl who was raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender in 2005.

Mom Convicted of Murdering Children Sentenced to Life: A Florida jury has found a woman guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of her children in 2011.  The Associated Press reports that jurors took less than two hours to find 53-year-old Julie Schenecker guilty of murdering her teenage son and daughter, a crime she claims was committed due to her struggle with a severe mental illness.  Shortly after the jury reached their verdict, Schenecker was sentenced to two consecutive life terms .

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