ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Senate passed legislation that would increase criminal penalties for carjacking when a child under the age of 16 is present in the vehicle.
The bill, S1905, would make the crime a class B felony and punishable by up to 25 years in prison. It is sponsored by Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos.
"Thefts of this nature expose children to trauma that can have profound and long-lasting impacts," Skelos said. "This bill would give prosecutors greater power to punish any criminal who risks the life of a child as part of a carjacking."
The bill was sent to the Assembly.