GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Rep. Matt Soper recently joined hundreds of distraught victims in calling for the women behind the Sunset Mesa Scandal to receive the max sentence.

Megan Hess and Shirley Koch each pled guilty to one count of mail fraud in August. Mail Fraud carries a sentence range of parole to 20 years behind bars.”If it was anything less than 20 years it would be a slap in the face of justice,” Soper told KREX.

Rep. Soper authored two bills to try and deter anything like this from happening again. In 2020 his bill to make abuse of a corpse a felony passed and became law. Then in the following year, “we passed a law that said a funeral home cannot deny state regulators from coming in,” said Soper.

Previously, funeral homes could deny entrance to state regulators from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. Rep. Soper told KREX this happened five times at the Sunset Mesa Funeral Home.

Megan Hess and Shirley Koch will be sentenced on January 3rd, 2023.