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New York lawmaker targets 'knockout' game

By The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York state legislator says it's time to crack down on the violent "knockout game" in which youths sucker-punch innocent bystanders for kicks.
   
Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco of Schenectady tells The Associated Press Thursday the bill would make the violent game a gang assault with a sentence of up to 25 years. Youths would be charged as adults. The bill may be the first of its kind in the nation, according to the national conference of State legislatures.
   
Tedisco says his measure is intended to stop the game and avoid more serious injuries. Participants try to punch a stranger so hard they are rendered unconscious, often while others record the attack.
   
Tedisco's bill will also include prison time for those who record or watch the assaults.

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