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The parents of 7-year-old Megan Kanka of Hamilton Township, did not know that a twice convicted sex offender was living across the street until that neighbour was charged with the brutal rape and murder of their daughter.

Megan's murderer pleads for his life

The child molester whose slaying of 7-year- old Megan Kanka led to passage ofMegan's Law pleaded with a jury Wednesday to spare his life so that he may someday understand "why something like this could happen."
Jesse Timmendequas, 36, in an emotionless, 30-second statement, also said he was sorry for what he did to the little girl who lived across the street.
"I pray for her and her family every day," he read. "I have to live with this and what I've done for the rest of my life."
Megan's slaying led New Jersey and other states to pass laws that require communities to be notified when a sex offender moves in. A national version was signed by President Clinton last year.
"I ask you to let me live so , someday, I can understand and have an understanding why something like this could happen. Thanks," Timmendequas said.
In a nearly two-hour closing argument, defense attorney Roy Greenman said Timmendequas should get life in prison because he was sexually and physically abused as a child and "didn't have a chance" for a normal childhood.
The jury, which previously convicted Timmendequas of raping and murdering Megan, must decide whether he should be sentenced to death by injection or life in prison. The prosecution will give its closing today, after which the jury should get the case.
Earlier Wednesday, Megan's father, Richard, described his daughter to the jury as "Mom's little homemaker," a gentle girl who held tea parties for her dolls but also played in the mud with her brother's trucks.

Associated Press (June 19-1997)
N.J Trenton

Megan's Killer Sentenced To Two Consecutive Life Terms

A judge has sentenced Jesse Timmendequas to two consecutive life terms, for the gruesome killing of Megan Kanka.
Timmendequas is already on New Jersey's death row for his capital murder conviction in the 1994 slaying.
Today's sentencing covers Timmendequas' convictions on felony murder, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault charges.

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