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Bill to close loophole in juvenile justice system passes in Judiciary Committee

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 20:15:25-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill proposed to close a loophole in the juvenile justice system was passed unanimously Wednesday by the judiciary committee.

H.B. 67 seeks to change the sentencing of juveniles when they commit additional offenses.

Mother of fallen Officer Cody Brotherson advocated for the bill after the brothers who killed her son in 2016 were released earlier than expected because of the loophole.

Read: Teens sentenced for death of Officer Cody Brotherson

Christopher and Lawrence Boggs were supposed to be in jail until they were 21, but after multiple assaults, the were kicked out of the juvenile court system.

Once in the adult system, both brothers were released. They were later arrested again for other crimes.

Read: Brothers connected to murder of WVC Officer Cody Brotherson involved in SLC shooting

"I think that it is ridiculous that this loop hole allowed two people who again committed additional crimes the moment they got out freedom long before they would have gotten out otherwise," Jenny Brotherson said.

Representative Craig Hall is the chief sponsor of the bill, which now moves to the house.

Jenny Brotherson hopes that this bill will be able to prevent pain of future families with the same experience they've had.

"So that other people don’t get put through some of the stuff that our family has gone through and to protect society which was always Codys drive to being a police officer," she said. "Our story continues to have a lot of reach and I think it gives people hope."