TULSA, Okla. - Oklahoma legislation intended to help victims of domestic violence failed to move forward this session. There is new attention on the effort to pass the bills after a young pregnant Tulsa woman, Allyssa Fielding, died this week following what police called a vicious beating.
FOX23 has covered the story extensively this week when Fielding’s baby died, and then she died on Wednesday.
Fielding’s brother spoke to FOX23 Thursday about how his family wants to fight to see legislation passed that could have helped his sister.
Rep. Marcus McEntire of Duncan wrote a bill that would make all domestic assault and battery convictions subject to the 85% rule, meaning the perpetrator would have to serve a minimum of 85% of the sentence, like other violent crimes.
Colby Wilson, the man accused of killing Fielding, was convicted of domestic assault and battery in the past and got out of prison last summer after serving less than one year of this three-year sentence. He would still be in prison today if his conviction were subject to the 85% rule.
McEntire’s bill stalled out in the Legislature last week.
FOX23 Reporter Lynn Casey reached out to the Senate Judiciary Chair, Julie Davis of Bartlesville, to find out what happened and why the bill didn't get a hearing. Casey has not yet heard back.
Casey also spoke Thursday with McEntire, who says Allyssa's story upsets him because it is exactly what he was hoping to prevent.
He says he is committed to getting the legislation pushed through and doing whatever it takes to make it happen.
McEntire says Allyssa's story will help illustrate how vital it is that violent offenders serve more of their sentence so that victims are given more time away from them.
Watch FOX23 Reporter Sara Hart's tour of the Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) facility in Tulsa:
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can reach out to DVIS 24 hours a day by phone at 918-743-5763 or online at DVIS.org.
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