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Senate OKs 25-year sentences bill for sex predators

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state Senate tonight passed a law demanding heavier prison sentences for sex predators, including child rapists. The Senate voted 45-to-one in favor of the House's main sex-predator bill of the session. The measure requires a prison term of at least 25 years for many sex offenders. The House unanimously passed the measure earlier. The Senate added one amendment that allows prosecutors and victims the discretion to seek lesser prison terms if that's more likely to lead to a conviction. The bill was returned to the House for its expected concurrence, and it would then go to Governor Chris Gregoire for her expected signature. It will take effect immediately upon her signature, applying to new prosecutions. Only Democratic Senator Craig Pridemore, of Vancouver, voted against the bill. (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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