"Lacy's Law" Now on the Books

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It's now a felony to impersonate a police officer in Colorado. On Tuesday, Governor Bill Owens signed "Lacy's Law"' at a ceremony in Fort Collins.

The law is named for 20-year-old Lacy Miller, who was a student at the University of Northern Colorado. A man posing as a police officer kidnapped and killed Miller last year. Jason Peder Clausen was sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

Miller's mother, Wendy Cohen, was on-hand as Owens signed the bill into law. "If Lacy were here, I know she would say, 'Thank you,' to
everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. She would be grateful that hopefully someone else wouldn't have to go through what she went through, so I can't thank you enough."

The statute will result in higher fines and additional jail time
for offenders. The new law also makes it a misdemeanor to illegally possess or use red or blue police lights. Authorities found such lights in Clausen's vehicle.