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Sister of Colo. murder vicitim pushes for stricter stalker laws in Wyoming

12:34 AM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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Vonnie Flores was murdered by her next door neighbor in July 2010 in Leadville, Colorado. Flores' neighbor, Anthony Medina, had an unhealthy obsession with her.

Flores called police and had Medina arrested before her murder. At the time, there were no strict stalking laws in Colorado, so Medina was able to bond out without having to see a judge.

On the day he was to appear in court for a restraining order, Medina walked next door to Flores' home, pulled out a gun, shot her multiple times, then pointed the gun at himself and took his own life.

"I miss her every day," Vicki Kadlick, Flores' sister, said. "It was a huge loss to lose her".

In the months and years that followed, Flores' family and friends pushed for stricter stalking laws in Colorado. In May 2012, the Colorado State Legislature approved 'Vonnie's Law', making stalking as serious a crime as domestic abuse.

Vonnie's law forces stalking suspects who are arrested to go before a judge before they're able to bail out.

Initially, Vonnie's law was only supposed to benefit stalking victims in Colorado, but then some folks in Wyoming thought: Why not bring it here?

One of those people is Flores' sister. She lives in Casper and is hoping her state will adopt a similar law.

"You can be arrested for walking down the street intoxicated in Casper. But you can stalk and not get a citation for it," Kadlick said.

Members of the Natrona County Sheriff's Department in Wyoming are also pushing for the legislation.
Lorrie Wnuk has been the Victim's Service Coordinator for the Natrona County Sheriff's Department in Casper, Wyoming for the last eight years.

"There's not a day that goes by where I'm not dealing with one or two of those kind of cases," Wnuk said.

This past year, Wnuk says Wyoming had 758 reported stalking cases. On top of that, the state dealt with more than 4,000 domestic abuse cases in 2012 - most of which involved stalking.

"Right now, if you get picked up on a Friday for violating a stalking order you can bond out, because there's not a judge available until Monday," Wnuk said.

Wnuk and Kadlick are working with the Natrona County District Attorney's office to change the law in Wyoming and to make the crime for stalking as stiff as it is in Colorado.

They're hoping the Wyoming State Legislature will take it in to consideration this year.

To learn more about Vonnie's Law, follow this link: www.vonniesvoice5k.com/

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