Jimmy Ryce Act
After a disturbing newspaper investigation and the murder of a Jacksonville girl, Florida legislative leaders vowed to get tough this year on sexually violent predators.
Pointing to examples of children being raped and murdered, the Florida House on Wednesday unanimously passed four bills to crack down on sexually violent predators, preparing the measures for Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.
The Florida Senate wasted no time passing a package of bills that are designed to strengthen sexual predator laws. The laws passed on the first day of the legislature’s annual session.
Juan Carlos Chavez, the man who raped, murdered, and then dismembered the body of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce received the state of Florida’s ultimate punishment Wednesday when he was executed.
Don Ryce is ready to step into the witness room and see Juan Carlos Chavez pay the ultimate price for the gruesome murder of his 9-year-old son Jimmy.
This week, the man convicted in the rape and murder of 9-year old Jimmy Ryce is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection. Jimmy’s father, Don Ryce, said the death of Juan Carlos Chavez will finally bring some measure of justice.
The House Committee approved two of eight bills related to sexual offenses including one in which adults who rape children older than 12 would have to serve a minimum of 50 years in prison and more sexual predators would face the potential of civil commitment.
The Florida Legislature is poised to strengthen the Jimmy Ryce Act, named for a Miami-Dade County boy who was raped and murdered in 1995, after the high-profile killing of a Jacksonville girl this summer and a newspaper series showing the state isn’t doing enough to prevent sexually violent predators from striking again.
Martha Ryce, a Redland native who dedicated her life to advocate for missing children after the murder of her brother Jimmy Ryce, has died at the age of 35.