TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) – The family of a Newton mother and daughter who were killed last year is pushing for a new law that would reveal the names of child sex offenders.
Keith Hawkins was sentenced this month to life without the possibility of parole for the deaths of 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and 4-year-old Zaylynn Paz. In a letter to Runyon’s family, Hawkins said he harmed the child first.
When Hawkins was 12 years old, he was convicted of indecent liberties with a 5-year-old girl. But because he was a juvenile when he committed the crime, a judge sealed Hawkins’ record.
A criminal complaint dated June 22, 2017, alleges Hawkins failed to register as a sex offender within three days of coming to Harvey County.
“My daughter and granddaughter were murdered because they had no idea about this guy,” Alyssa’s father, Edward Runyon, said.