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Tedisco: 25 years for knockout "punks"

Assemblyman James Tedisco proposes stiffening penalties for assaults that are committed by "punks" who treat it as a game when they sucker punch people without warning and try to knock them unconcious. 

"Killing or injuring a person with one punch is no game and the state's criminal penalties to prosecute these dastardly individuals should not be a joke," said the Glenville republican in a news release.

Tedisco says Senator Hugh Farley is a co-sponsor of the Knockout Assault Deterrent Act, which he said was being drafted Thursday. It would provide for sentences of up to twenty-five years and would eliminate the availablility of youthful offender status for convicts.

Tedisco wants to hold liable any person who takes part in such a crime, not only those who do the punching.

The so-called game has been around for years but police in several states have been seeing a spike in these types of assaults. One man in Hoboken, NJ was killed, as was someone in St. Louis, where the defendant was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In Brooklyn on November 9, a 78-year-old woman carrying shopping bags was attacked. Her daughter said none of her belongings were touched.



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