Megan’s Law killer loses bid to have sentence vacated

The murderer in the Megan’s Law case today lost his bid to have his sentence vacated by an appeals court.

“We affirm the legality of the sentence imposed on the kidnapping conviction,” the appellate court ruled today in the case of Jesse Timmendequas, whose murder of Megan Kanka 17 years ago led to Megan’s Law.

Her father, Richard Kanka, of Hamilton, Mercer County, recently announced his bid for state Senate in the 14th District.

In the aftermath of Megan’s murder by a convicted sex offender, the Kankas pushed for what became known as Megan’s Law, requiring registration of sex offenders and public notification of residents when one is living in their neighborhood.

Timmendequas’ death sentence had been commuted to life imprisonment following the repeal of the state’s death penalty.

Timmendequas had argued that trial counsel was ineffective because, among other things, they did not offer proof of his mental retardation, and did not object to alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

Although his sentence was not vacated, his legal appeals are not over. The court remanded the case for further consideration of his arguments.

Megan’s Law killer loses bid to have sentence vacated