Crouch, Assembly Minority Call for Crackdown on Chronic Criminals

April 16, 2008

Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R-Guilford) and his Assembly Minority colleagues today called for the passage of “Hillary and Romello’s Law”, which would mandate prison terms for chronic criminals in order to prevent further escalation of their crimes. At today’s press conference, the family of 26-year old Hillary Downey and her 13-month-old son, Romello Taylor, who were brutally murdered in 2006, joined Crouch in support of the bill. Kareem Hayes, a two-time felon who had previously been convicted of several misdemeanor crimes in the three years prior to the murder, had spent very little time in prison for these “minor” offenses.

The Chronic Criminal Act would allow for a Class E felony, carrying 1¾ to 4 years in prison, when a person commits a Class A misdemeanor and has three prior Class A felonies.