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How Brooke Bennett's murder changed Vt. laws

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - Brooke Bennett's killer was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 70 years. Michael Jacques was Brooke's uncle. In 2008, when Brooke was 12, Jacques kidnapped, raped and killed her, stunning the state.

The case led to an overhaul of Vermont laws aimed at protecting children from sex offenders. Vermont lawmakers passed "Brooke's Law," calling for dozens of changes to state statute, including tougher sentencing for sex offenders, new prevention programs and protection for victims.

Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna has been following the case from the beginning. She appeared on The :30 to talk about the impact of the case and its legal legacy. Watch the video for more.

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