State Senate passes law to create registry of convicted violent felons


ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – The NYS Senate has passed a law that would create a public registry of convicted violent felons, much in the same way there is a registry of sex offenders.

“Brittnay’s Law” is named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua, who was brutally murdered by John Edward Brown along with her mother at their home in Geneva, Ontario County in 2009.

Brown was released early from prison after serving two-and-a-half years for assaulting his infant daughter. He was on parole at the time of the murder.

The legislation would require anyone convicted of a violent felony to register with the Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from any facility and it would be accessible by the public. There would also be annual registration requirements to allow law enforcement and the state to monitor the whereabouts of those on the list.

The bill now moves to the Assembly. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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