ALBANY, N.Y. -- Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) announced Monday that Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C,I-Niskayuna) will be a sponsor of the Knockout Game Deterrent Act.
The act is a first in the nation law that would protect innocent bystanders from being sucker-punched and assaulted.
Tedisco and Farley's bill, which is being drafted and is expected to be filed next week, will make any person regardless of their age who is convicted of Knockout Game individual assault or gang assault will be subject to 25 years in prison. Currently it's between 4-15 years depending on the age of the defendant. The legislation would ensure that juveniles who play the Knockout Game are sentenced as adults.
Those who are there and take part in the action also would be held criminally responsible.
"It is appalling that people would engage in such vicious behavior," said Senator Farley. "We need to send a very clear message that society will not tolerate such terrible acts of violence and that there will be serious repercussions for the individuals involved."
"These Knockout Game thugs are nothing but punks and cowards and if they think they're some kind of ‘big shot' for punching an unsuspecting elderly person or a mom then they should face ‘big man' laws and do hard time. As far as I'm concerned, they should lock ‘em up and throw away the key for 25 years," said Tedisco.