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Griffo and Brindisi backing new laws based on Davis Motel murder

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - State Senator Joseph Griffo, along with Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi are bringing light to a flaw in criminal processing procedures, backing a new legislative package to fix the problem after a local murder victim's alleged killer was able to dodge parole, and even be put on parole in the first place.

The state lawmakers are introducing five bills they hope their colleagues will sign into law. Those laws deal with the civil confinement of paroled sex offenders, tracking them even when they skip out on parole, along with how often their photos are taken.

Brindisi and Griffo said the rape and murder of Linda Turner, the owner of the Davis Motel in Utica was an expensive lesson, and that things have to change to keep predators like Robert Blainey from victimizing innocent people.

"It's an unfortunate situation that's forced us to re-evaluate the system and how it works and that's what we're trying to do here today," Assemblyman Brindisi said.

Both Griffo and Brindisi acknowledge the big challenge will be selling the legislation to all 212 legislators, but that they are hoping for a vote after winter break.

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