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A bill that would increase prison time for those convicted of kidnapping children is moving ahead at the Statehouse.

Last year Michael Klunder kidnapped and killed Kathlynn Shepard in Dayton. Another girl was able to escape.

Klunder served nearly 20 years in prison after he abducted two other girls in the 1990s. His original sentence was set at 41 years.

He was released early for good behavior which enabled him to kidnap Shepard.

This bill would eliminate time served credits for child predators.

It passed the House Judiciary Committee Thursday and is now eligible for full debate in the House.