GLENVILLE, N.Y. - Teenagers who take part in violent attacks called "Knockout Games" could face up to 25 years behind bars.
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) is introducing a bill to make the attacks a "gang assault" by law and teens would be charged as adults.
In "Knockout Games", young people "sucker punch" unsuspecting bystanders while others record the assaults. Those videos are then posted online.
On Tedisco's website it states the new legislation is the "Knowout Assault Detternt Act." According to the Assemblyman, this is "a brutal new trend whereby gangs of youths target unsuspecting people and sucker-punch them in an attempt to make them unconscious – in some cases causing serious injury and even death."
If the new bill is approved in New York State, a person who is convicted of the crime faces up to 25 years in State Prison, regardless of age.
Those who watch and record the attacks could also face jail time.