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.
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 …
Dutch Mantell (Amelia’s Grandfather) is hosting a wrestling benefit show in Murfreesboro, TN on November 18th, 2012. Please visit www.dutchmantell.com for more information!
By DON DARE
6 On Your Side Consumer Investigator
MARYVILLE (WATE) – More than 20 years ago, sentencing guidelines for prisoners in Tennessee were changed.
Nowadays, those charged with non-violent crimes serve less than 20 percent of their sentence, according to the Department of Corrections.
But a tragic accident that killed an innocent teenager last summer has altered attitudes.
The Hardeman County Correction Facility …
The interview with Gov. Bill Haslam in which he speaks about Amelia’s Law is now available for viewing on our YouTube channel. Please watch the video below. The video has been edited to only include the portion in reference to Amelia’s Law. Keep supporting our cause, Stand Up and Make a Change!
Thank you to everyone who attened the Amelia Keown Protecting Our Families Music Benefit! The support is always appreciated!
We still need signatures! Please share this website on your Facebook, Twitter, any social media outlet and encourage everyone you know to come here and read Amelia’s story. We are nearing 8,000 signatures but need many many more! Please sign the petition …
The Amelia Keown Protecting Our Families Music Benefit interview which aired on WBIR is now available for viewing. Please watch the video below. The benefit will be held on October 20th, 2012 at William Blount 9th grade academy in Maryville, TN. Doors open at noon. See you there!
The Amelia Keown Protecting Our Families Music Benefit WBIR Interview:
Below are some of the performers and activities that will be held this Saturday, October 20th at the William Blount 9th Grade Academy for the Protecting Our Families benefit. We hope to see everyone there!
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Published: October 6, 2012
by wes wade
The family of a teenager killed in a two-vehicle accident in August have been asking the state Board of Parole (BOP) a lot of questions since discovering the alleged at-fault driver was on parole.
Amanda Moore and Wayne Keown, the mother and grandfather of 16-year-old Amelia Keown, now feel vindicated after an audit released earlier this week …
Jerry “The King” Lawler supports Amelia’s law. He has supplied us with (6) 8 x 10 autographed photos to auction at Amelia’s benefit on Oct 20. We hope to see you there at the benefit for some great songs by great artist’s and many activities to support our cause. We appreciate the support of Jerry Lawler!