AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 26) - Rep. Joe Moody of Texas' District 78 told the committee he will not ask them to take action on a bill that would make serious offenders under 18 eligible for parole after only 20 years until the possibility of Santa Fe shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis being up for parole is removed from it. He says he will leave it pending.
The bill would be retroactive for those already convicted, and it takes youthful offenders into consideration.
House Bill 256 may apply to an inmate who is eligible for release on parole and was younger than 18 years of age at the time the offense for which the inmate is eligible for release on parole was committed, among other things.
Family members of Santa Fe shooting victims are asking that those who have committed mass and public shootings are omitted from this bill.