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Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces Tuesday that he wants first-de-gree sex offender sentences to more than double to 25 years. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Gov. wants longer sentences for those convicted of first-degree sex crimes

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to double some sex offender sentences, the latest in a series of related moves over the years.

Under the plan the Republican governor announced Tuesday, a first-degree sex offender would receive a sentence of at least 25 years, compared to the current 12- year sentence.

The governor's plan, however, received mixed reaction from a group of key Democratic lawmakers.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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