DENVER (CBS4) — A new law targeted at protecting victims of stalking and domestic violence works next week.
Reports of domestic violence– including stalking– have really been increasing in Colorado for the ins 2015.
In 2015 alone, there were more than 18,000 reports of domestic violence. It was a case consisting of a Colorado Springs woman that activated the new law.
Authorities say Janice Nam’s ex-boyfriend shot her in the head in 2015, 7 months after he was established guilty of felony stalking but before he was sentenced.
Glen Galloway, authorities say, was awaiting sentencing when he cut his ankle screen, got rid of a person to take his truck, and robbed Nam’s house and shot her in the head.
” Now, there’s an area of 6 to 8 weeks before sentencing after conviction, and regretfully that was the area and duration that Janice Nam lost her life,” specified Representative Clarice Navarro (R) Pueblo, the sponsor of the expenditure.
Navarro closed the area by passing a law that turns down bail to anyone established guilty of felony stalking or routine domestic violence.
Rather, they will stay behind bars throughout the time between their conviction and sentencing.
” The established guilty person has all this rage and anger,” specifies Navarro, “which’s the very best time for them to act out and strike back.”.
She specifies she brought the expenses because of Janice Nam, but admits the worry gotten in touch with domestic violence is also personal.
” I felt exceptionally required to speak out about domestic violence and stalking. As a young kid, I developed in a home where there was domestic violence and, at that time, we didn’t have any security. We were continuously living in worry.”.
Navarro hopes the new law will spare others that fear and potentially additional lives.
” Now our victims can go home after they’ve gone through an exceptionally requiring suit and have that conviction and know that they can go home and be safe and get their life back together and continue.”.
The El Paso County District Attorney’s office is searching for the death sentence versus Galloway. It’s the first time in a year they have in fact asked for death in a case.