House passes bill that increases penalties for those who try to kill police, firefighters

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 137, which increases the minimum amount of time a person must serve before becoming eligible for probation or parole from 20-percent to 85-percent after being convicted of trying to kill a police officer or firefighter.

The legislation, which is sponsored by Representative Gerald Watkins of Paducah, is endorsed by the Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police, the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, and the Kentucky Professional Firefighter’s Association.

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