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Greenstein: Megan’s Law Killer Only Seeks To Devalue Progress Made To Protect Children

MONROE TWP. – Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer), the Legislature’s leading proponent for strengthening Megan’s Law and sponsor of numerous laws to protect children from predators, today released the following statement on the appeals court ruling upholding the life sentence of Jesse Timmendequas, the man convicted in the 1994 murder of Megan Kanka, the inspiration of the law that bears her name.

“In the years since Megan Kanka’s brutal and tragic murder, New Jersey has been a leader nationally and internationally in the movement to protect children from the hands of sexual predators.

“I am certain the claims made by this convicted child murderer will be found without merit. They only seek to devalue all that we have done to ensure that no other family has to endure the heartbreak that Megan’s family has lived with all these years. The last thing any family needs is for the perpetrator of such a heinous crime to be able time-and-again to reopen their emotional wounds.

“I voted against repealing the death penalty, but I am certain that in the end, the only light of day this killer will ever again see is that which comes through the small window of a prison cell.”