June 18, 2013

Bipartisan Legislation Sparked by Horrific Crime in CNY

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill to make it a crime to tamper with electronic monitoring devices, like the ankle bracelet that was supposed to helping law enforcement keep an eye on accused killer-child rapist David Renz.

Under Senate Bill 5422-A, which is cosponsored in the Senate by Senator John DeFrancisco and Senator David Valesky, it would be a felony—adding up to four years of additional prison time—if an orrdener tampered with a device and committed another violent crime, and up to one year in jail if no other crime is involved. 

Currently, tampering with an electronic monitoring device can be a violation of parole or pre-sentencing release, but it is not a separate crime.

“If one good thing were to come out of this unspeakable crime, it’s that as a result of this horrific incident we learn about a loophole in our law that resulted in a loss of innocent life, and a second victim, who survived, but now will carry the scars of that incident,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“This bill creates a strong deterrent for continued criminal activity, is a valuable tool for law enforcement and will help prevent crimes—like the one that happened in Central New York—from happening again.

Law enforcers said that Renz removed his ankle monitoring device before attacking and killing Lori Bresnahan, an ex-Oswego school librarian, and raping a 10-year-old girl in a Central New York parking lot in March.

Renz was awaiting trial on federal child pornography charges, and reportedly tampered with the device as many as 46 times, removing and reassembling the bracelet with duct tape.

The bill was sent to the Assembly, where it is sponsored by Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak.