052516CM0391In March of 2012, Molly Young, a 21-year-old Carbondale resident, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in her ex-boyfriend’s apartment. When insufficient evidence to rule the incident either a homicide or a suicide to issue an indictment, Young’s family filed a civil suit against the boyfriend to seek justice for their daughter.

Justice never came to the Young family because under Illinois’ current law, the statute of limitations on wrongful death claims is two-years.

State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) co-sponsored legislation passed by the Senate Friday that would raise the statute of limitations on wrongful death claims to five years.

“The story of Molly Young is a tragic one,” said Forby. “This family has yet to get answers they need to get the closure and justice they deserve because, unfortunately, time ran out. I think this is an injustice to the family, and I don’t want similar stories to arise. When a death occurs as a result of violent and intentional conduct, two years is not enough time to fully investigate what happened and bring the culprit to justice.”

The case of Molly Young has been the subject of more than just the legislation passed on Friday. House Bill 4715, also sponsored by Forby, is currently awaiting a concurrence vote in the House.

House Bill 4715 would impose civil penalties for instances of a public body’s willful and intentional failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. This was in response to the Young family’s repeated blocked FOIA attempts to receive information about the case.

 Friday’s measure, House Bill 6083, passed the Senate with a vote of 54-0, and now goes to the governor’s desk.

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