Mike Reynolds Obituary, Death – Mike Reynolds, a parent from Fresno who advocated for California’s “three strikes” statute after the 1992 murder of his daughter, has died. Family members have confirmed the 79-year-old activist and photographer’s death. Reynolds devoted his life to advocating for heavier sentences for repeat offenders in the state after his daughter, Kimber, was shot and died during a robbery in the Tower District when she was 18 years old. The two perpetrators of Kimber’s murder were recent parolees with a criminal history.
Reynolds convened with authorities and lawyers in the summer of 1992 to discuss how to keep habitual criminals behind bars. The Three Strikes law was enacted in California two years later. It provided harsh punishments for criminals who commit serious offenses, including a life sentence for Three Strikes offenders. At this point, at least 28 other states and numerous countries throughout the world have embraced the law. Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer issued the following statement after Reynolds’ death:
We lost a great man today who made it his mission to protect the people of California. Mike Reynolds tirelessly advocated for laws like Three Strikes and 10-to-Life that would make violent offenders pay for their actions and protect society from further harm. If not for these regulations, California would be a considerably more dangerous place to live. Mike’s dedication to and pursuit of fairness were unparalleled. As a friend and a champion, Mike will be sorely missed.