JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- State leaders are working to strengthen Florida's sex offender laws after the murder of Cherish Perrywinkle.
Rayne Perrywinkle was emotional, outraged and frustrated Wednesday. Three months later, you could still see she's still struggling with the loss of her daughter Cherish. "I was being blamed for this. I didn't do this," said Rayne Perrywinkle.
Police say registered sex offender Donald Smith did. He was convicted twice for crimes against children, but still let out of jail.
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There was a similar story in Clay County in 2007. Michael Renard Jackson was convicted of raping and killing a veterinary tech in 2007. The conviction was thrown out. He's awaiting a new trial. Even before he was tried for murdering Andrea Boyer, he served time for raping a Jacksonville teenager. Jackson served less than half of his 30 year sentence for that crime.
"We do have to take a look at the Florida laws," said Rep. Janet Adkins. Adkins is spear-heading the effort to find out why the system is failing. "Well, obviously today is in response to the tragedy of Cherish," said Adkins.
Adkins did say new legislation will be filed to stop the revolving door for sex offenders in Florida. For one grieving mom, any changes are too little too late. "Why wasn't this done years ago," said Perrywinkle. "If something was done years ago, none of this would've happened."
As for any new laws, no decision was made on that Wednesday. Many of the experts say the big thing they need is more treatment for sex offenders when they get out of jail.