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Bill being reviewed as one-year-anniversary of Belius stabbing passes

SHERILL, N.Y. (WKTV) - One year ago, six-year-old Lauren Belius was stabbed to death in her Sherill home by David Trebilcock.

In February, Trebilcock was found not criminally responsible for the murder due to mental disease or defect.

Two weeks after the verdict came down, Senator Joe Griffo, joined by the Belius family, announced he was introducing a new bill into the State Senate. A defendant found not criminally responsible due to mental instability would serve out a sentence in a mental facility equal to the time he or she would have served in jail if found guilty.

Assemblyman Bill Magee introduced the legislation in the assembly. The bill was shot down in both houses because of questions concerning the constitutionality of the law.

"As I understand it, if a person has been declared not guilty because of mental illness or so on, so you can't really impose a stiffer charge or penalty," said Magee.

Magee says House and Senate Counsel are currently reviewing the bill and it will be reintroduced, with changes, into both houses in January.

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