Kentucky Governor signs Conner’s Law
After nearly three years of trying, a Paducah woman got to see Governor Steve Beshear sign a bill into law named for her son.
Conner Bachuss was just two-years old when he was abused so badly, he died from his injuries. The man charged, Ronald Sounder II, was his mother’s boyfriend at the time. Initially charged with murder, he took a plea deal for second degree manslaughter and received a 10 year sentence. Mashanna Bachuss Waggoner, Conner’s mom, has been fighter ever since to get stricter sentences for fatal child abuse cases.
“I definitely think a child’s life is worth way more than 5 and 1/2 years and I’m very glad that with his name that will change and make sure that that doesn’t happen again,” she said.
Two prior attempts left Conner’s Law in a House committee where they died. This time, she turned to Danny Carroll, the freshman senator for help.
“Nothing against Mr. Caroll, but it is his first session, so I really just thought we are going to get our name out there, you know?” She said. “Maybe get some more sponsors, more supporters, I had no idea it would go this far this fast.”
The bill passed the Senate 36-0 and the House 97-1.
Bachuss Waggoner told Local 6 it was extremely emotional to watch the Governor sign it in person.
“I know Connor’s name and case will live on and has done good,” she said. She added that she plans to help other state’s strengthen their laws, too.