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Governor vetoes Alyssa D. Wiles Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed a law that would have created stricter punishments for juveniles who are involved in certain violent crimes.

The parents of Alyssa Wiles, who was murdered at her home in Duncan, had pushed for the change, and Duncan Representative Dennis Johnson helped get it approved by the Legislature. In Alyssa's murder, a 14-year-old friend of the killer stood watch outside while she was killed.

He was found guilty of being an accessory to the crime and is serving his sentence through the juvenile system, meaning he'll be released when he turns 18. The bill would have allowed prosecutors to treat him as a juvenile offender, which carries a sentence that goes beyond juvenile justice, but not as severe as adult prison time.

Governor Fallin's veto message said the law would increase the number of youth in prison and erase the distinction between accessories and the actual offenders. She wrote,

"The law does not equate those two crimes committed by adults equally. Thus, the state would seem to be treating juvenile accessories considerably harsher than their adult counterparts."

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