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Fairbanks want sex offender laws changed; prosecutors and lawmakers weigh in

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 19:46:57-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — An Omaha man admitted to killing a convicted sex offender. He says it was to raise awareness about problems with the system, but prosecutors say the laws are holding people accountable.

James Fairbanks told KMTV in a jail interview that he knew about Mattieo Condoluci’s past before he says he went to confront him about abusing kids. Condoluci was a twice convicted sex offender.

Fairbanks says he went to threaten Condoluci when he came at him, so he shot him. He was found dead in his home days later in May.

The accused says he now wants people to help get sex offender laws changed to make harsher punishments, and have better tracking.

Prosecutors say that some sex crimes against children already have mandatory minimums.

“These are serious things when we’re talking about crimes against children. But again we have one of the best units in the country, I think. We’re very aggressive on these kinds of charges, we get great results. I think we charge cases that a lot of prosecutors wouldn’t even file,” Beadle described.

Chairman of the Nebraska State Judiciary Committee, Senator Steve Lathrop, says Fairbanks’ actions have not influenced any decisions at the state level and if people want to impact local laws they should come in front of the committee to explain why they want a change.

“I suspect next year we’ll have bills really from both ends of the spectrum, those that want to see more stringent punishment and those that would like to see some way for people on the registry to have relief when they can demonstrate they’re not a risk to re-offend,” Lathrop explained.

The legislature will come back on July 20 to finish the previous session stopped by COVID, but any new bills would have to be introduced in 2021.