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Family And Community Fight To Tighten Tennessee Laws

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Amelia Keown, 16, was killed last August when a convicted felon trying to escape police slammed into her car at 75-miles-per hour. Amelia Keown, 16, was killed last August when a convicted felon trying to escape police slammed into her car at 75-miles-per hour.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A group of wrestlers are taking on a fight to strengthen Tennessee's laws so felons stay behind bars.

Amelia Keown, 16, was killed last August when a convicted felon trying to escape police slammed into her car at 75-miles-per hour.  The driver had just been released from prison on parole for a sentence that should have lasted until 2015. Since then, Amelia's family has started lobbying for tougher laws.

Sunday night, a wrestling event in Murfreesboro was designed to help raise money for the family and their goal of getting "Amelia's Law" passed in Tennessee.

"Guys with DUIs, impaired driving, violent offenders, repeat offenders. We can't let them out. We gotta keep them in jail long. I know it costs more money, but we got to look at it," said Wayne Cowen, Amelia's grandfather. "I think we need to keep our citizens safe."

The family plans on holding more events like the one Sunday and also has a petition online. Click here for more information.

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