Wednesday was a long day for the NYS Assembly; they passed bill A1121 around 12:30 Thursday morning. The bill establishes criminal penalties for disseminating certain images over the internet. Pushing hard for passage of the bill, is the family of 17-year-old murder victim, Bianca Devins, of Utica. Devins was murdered Boilermaker Sunday of 2019. In addition to grieving her horrific murder, her family received graphic photos of her brutalized corpse over, along with taunting messages. The images were circulated online. Devins' family, Utica Police, Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon gathered in the courtyard of the state office building, in downtown Utica, Wednesday afternoon, to announce passage of the Assembly bill. Assemblywoman Buttenschon says she's ready for another late night.
"I'm not gonna give up and I will continue to work with Senator Savino as well as Senator Griffo in regards to insuring that this bill makes it to the floor tonight before the senate leaves," said Buttenschon. Thursday is the last day of the legislative session.
For Devins' family, it's always about justice for her. But they also want to make sure no other family endures what they endured, seeing graphic images of her brutal murder.
"And to the NYS Senate, please, give our family some peace. Give Bianca justice. Pass this bill. Do not let this happen to another family anywhere," said Devins' grandfather, Frank Williams.