Push for ‘Leah’s Law’ approval moves forwardMurder victim’s family will lobby for bill’s endorsement
By: By MIKE SIMONSON/Wisconsin Public Radio, The Daily Telegram
A sensational murder case in Superior is mobilizing the community to push for legislation that would alert people if a convicted violent felon is moving into the area.
It would be similar to the notification now required when convicted sex offenders move into a neighborhood. It’s called “Leah’s Law”, named after Leah Gustafson, who was murdered by a neighbor who lived across the street.
Jason Borelli knocked on her door in the early morning of Jan. 7 saying he needed help. She let him in, then he beat her and stabbed her to death with her collector’s sword.
Superior Mayor Dave Ross says he hopes a bill can become Wisconsin law this year. But Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank says he likes the concept, but he says the cost and other obstacles would make it unlikely. He says some violent offenders, like Borelli, pose a danger to the community.
Gustafson’s family is expected to make a compelling case lobbying for Leah’s Law, which already has a sponsor in the state Assembly.
Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, and Suzanne Jeskewitz, R-Menomonee Falls, drafted the bill last summer.