New York State Senate Passes Bill to Close Sentencing Loophole


The New York State Senate passed a bill to close what’s being called a sentencing loophole.  It would allow multiple sentences to run consecutively, if one of the crimes is a homicide.

Right now, sentences are served at the same time.

The bill, S2159, is sponsored by Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I, Hyde Park), who says the bill will help homicide victims and their families receive greater justice

“Concurrent sentencing essentially allows a perpetrator to get away with murder. The loophole robbed a local family of justice and we have a responsibility to ensure that no other family suffers at the hands of the system the way they have. I call on my colleagues in the Assembly to put justice before politics and pass this important legislation,” Serino said in a statement.

Senator Serino brought the bill after the 2012 deaths of Shawn and Patricia Wonderly.  According to a release, the couple was killed in a car crash by a felon who was running from police.

The bill now heads to the Assembly.

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