ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A pair of Minnesota state Republican lawmakers wants the Legislature to strengthen the maximum penalty for repeat drunk-driver offenders.

Rep. Chris Swedzinski of Ghent and Sen. Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls appeared at a Tuesday-morning news conference with the parents of a 5-month-old boy whom a drunk driver killed in July 2012.

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Southwest Minnesota State University basketball coach Brad Bigler said he and his wife chose to advocate for a tougher law to protect others from suffering the same fate as their son, Drake.

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The proposal would increase the maximum prison sentence to 15 years from 10 years for criminal vehicular homicide. It would apply to people who had a previous DWI offense within the past 10 years and caused injury to a person or property damage.

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