Efforts to get a Jessica's Law passed in Vermont calling for a mandatory 25-year minimum sentence for some sex offenders are drawing widespread support, with thousands of residents signing petitions in support.

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Heightened interest in the matter follows last month's abduction and killing of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett of Braintree. Her uncle, 42-year-old Michael Jacques of Randolph, has been charged in her kidnapping.

One petition circulated by Middlesex resident Angelo Napolitano has drawn more than 2,000 signatures supporting a Jessica's Law for Vermont. A separate petition drive launched by Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie is garnering widespread support as well.

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