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.
ALCOA (WATE) – The mother and grandfather of a Maryville teen killed in car accident continued their crusade Thursday for Amelia’s Law.
It’s a proposal that would keep convicted felons in jail longer.
Amelia Keown was hit head-on August 14th by John Perkins, a felon who was paroled early from prison.
“This was his fifth wreck in nine months,” said Amelia’s mother, …
A song was written for Amelia. It’s called “Amelia’s Song”. It is a beautiful song co-written and sung by a beautiful little girl named Emi. Please take a few moments and watch this video, it’s truly amazing and such a gift!
The Amelia Keown Protecting our Families Music Benefit will be held on October 20th, 2012. Doors open at 12 noon at the William Blount High School 9th grade academy school and will include concert performances by Justin Pino, Greylan James, Laurel Wright and the Jason Stinnett Band. Below is a flyer with more details -Please come out and support our cause!
Mark you calendars! There will be an upcoming benefit which will be held on October 2oth from 1 pm to 5 pm. The location will be announced soon so please stay tuned to the website for future details!
Amelia’s Law has now reached over 7,000 signatures online but we still need your help! Please head over to change.org and sign the petition if you haven’t already done so. Stand up and make a change!
Amelia’s grandfather, Wayne Keown, would like to share this beautiful sketch with everyone. We are 8 signatures away from 7,000 signatures on change.org. Please sign the petition and let’s get Amelia’N signatures! Please click on the thumbnail for a bigger picture.
By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter
LOUISVILLE (WATE) – During a meeting Wednesday with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Amanda Moore received a copy of John Perkins’ probation and parole reports. He crashed into her 16-year-old daughter, Amelia Keown, head-on, killing her instantly.
The contents of the reports surprised Moore, making her fight even harder to get Amelia’s Law on the books.
“It says he …
Senator Doug Overbey will be meeting with the family of Amelia Keown on Thursday October 4th, 2012 in Maryville. Amanda Moore, Amelia’s mother, requested the meeting after the recommendation from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey in Nashville last Wednesday. The meeting will take place at 8 a.m to discuss Amelia’s Law. Please remember to sign the petition by clicking here if …
Below is the ad that will run in the Tidbits newspaper that will be distributed in Blount County on Saturday September 29th, 2012 and will run for 4 weeks. Thank you to the business’s who have sponsored this ad!
Our YouTube channel has been updated with two videos from last nights media coverage of the meeting with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. Please visit our YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE to view all the videos.