Updated: 05/13/2014 7:32 AM
Created: 05/13/2014 5:41 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press and News10NBC
A bill that would create a statewide registry of violent felony offenders has passed the Senate.
"Brittany's Law" would require certain convicted felons to register with the state's Department of Criminal Justice Service after being released from prison and have their names added to a statewide violent felony offender registry, similar to the sex offender registry.
The bill is named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua of Geneva. Passalacqua and her mother, Helen Buchel, were stabbed to death by Buchel's boyfriend, John Edward Brown of Palmyra, in November 2009. Brown was on parole at the time after serving more than two years in prison for assaulting his infant daughter.
Brittany's Law would also establishes annual registration requirements for offenders so local law enforcement and the state can monitor the whereabouts of these individuals. The bill has been sent to the Assembly.
Brown is currently serving 40 years to life in prison.