On August 14th, 2012 my daughter Amelia Keown was killed on Hwy 411 in Maryville TN. She was hit head on by a man who was running from the police. He had a 9 page Tennessee criminal history with numerous felonies. Had the parole board not given him early release for a 2 week aggravated robbery crime spree he did in 2005, he still would have been in prison and my daughter would have been safe.
Our judges and parole boards need to sentence these criminals correctly and have them serve their time. Had he been served with Tennessee State Statute criminal penalties, he would still be in prison, not eligible for early release until 2015. Had the parole board looked at his record ( and they had to have) I can not understand how they let him out. This man died too, and this is not about him at this point. If he was out, how many others just like him are out? We have to stand together as citizens of Tennessee and demand safety on our roads for our families and children.
Amelia was an honor roll student, on the dance team, a member of HOSA with plans to become a nurse. She always helped anyone who needed it. She was just going home from school to get her pom poms for dance practice. This man was a career criminal, who in addition to his felonies, had numerous wrecks all with the same pattern. He never touched his brakes, he just hit people. And he said several times it was a “mechanical failure”. We have to do something because our State Government will NOT unless we make a stand.
Please help me pass Amelias Law so that her death is not in vain. Our community lost a beautiful bright girl that day who will never be able to show the world what she was capable of. I don’t want another family going through what I am going through now. This never should have happened, and I hold our State Government just as responsible as I do the man that killed her that day. My intent is to have the law changed in her name to include ANY felony which endangers the public.
The current 3 strikes your out law includes a specific list of felonies, however they did not include aggravated robbery, attempted robbery, or drugs which this man had numerous charges of all as well as fleeing the police several times and felony escape. In the eyes of Tennessee his crimes weren’t “bad” enough, and look at the cost of letting him out. Amelia lost her life, and no one else needs to because of something like this.
Happy Birthday Amelia, you are forever in our hearts. Words can not express how much you are loved, and we know that you are watching over each of us as we travel down this long road to help save lives in the future. We celebrate your birth, your life, and your love.
State of Tennessee
For Immediate Release
March 20, 2013
Contact: Darlene Schlicher
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
APPROVES AMELIA’S LAW
THE BILL TO REMAIN IN SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE TO AWAIT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation on
Wednesday sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) that would have
tightened the operations of the Board of Probation and Parole in regards to the granting of
parole for certain …
Walk Like MADD with Team Amelia!
Join us on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 in Knoxville for the 2013 Knoxville Walk like MADD event. Help Team Amelia in this life changing walk!
Team Amelia will be walking in the beautiful West Hills Park located in Knoxville just off North Winston Road. We look forward to seeing you there!
Registration begins Saturday morning at 9:30 …
Rep. Ramsey working on ‘Amelia’s Law’
By Joel Davis | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Blount County’s representatives will be involved with a variety of bills during the 108th session of the Tennessee Legislature, which convened at noon on Tuesday
State Rep. Robert Ramsey, R-Maryville, said he is among a group of legislators working with the family of Amelia Keown, a 16-year-old William Blount High School junior …
By Matthew Stewart | (email@example.com)
William Blount High School’s students are doing their part to honor their school as well as students who died while attending the high school.
Students in Billy Coning’s landscaping class have revitalized the memorial courtyard outside the main building. The high-schoolers have worked on the project for the past nine weeks.
Coning’s class split into five groups and …
(Source: The Daily Times)
‘Amelia’s Law’ tops local stories of 2012
By Joel Davis | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The top 10 local news stories that marked 2012 reveal the story of a year of tragedies and accomplishments, community controversies and some farewells.
1) Sixteen-year-old Amelia Dior Keown, a beloved William Blount High School junior, died Aug. 15 in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 411 …
Jan. 06, 2013 @ 11:01 AM
Both the driver, 45-year-old Jeffrey Tressell, and a passenger, 16-year-old Courteney Kaliszewski, died on Sept. 16 in this van when 21-year-old Tyler Schaeffer veered into the oncoming lane and struck the van head-on. Schaeffer was out of jail on probation from burglary and robbery charges when the accident occurred.
This vehicle was invovled in …
For Wayne Keown, once known to fans of professional wrestling as Dutch Mantel, the death of a beloved granddaughter has led to a real-life battle that’s called on his skill at getting a point across in an interview and other skills he didn’t know he had.
Amelia Keown, his 16-year-old granddaughter, died Aug. 14 in a wreck on Highway 411 in …
By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter
LOUISVILLE (WATE) – A new TBI toxicology report shows the driver blamed in a head-on crash that killed a Maryville teen had drugs in his system.
Amelia Keown, 16, died in August. The report says John Perkins, the driver who hit her, had a level of Oxycodone in his system that was close to toxic. The report …
By DON DARE
6 On Your Side Consumer Investigator
CLINTON (WATE) – A woman in Clinton is finding she has a lot in common with another woman who’s been in the news recently, Amanda Moore.
Moore’s daughter, Amelia, and Julia Stockstill’s daughter, Sarah, were both bright, involved teenagers with promising futures. They both were killed in car wrecks.
Sarah was killed three years before Amelia …