Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase criminal penalties for sucker-punch attacks.
A bill before the General Assembly's Public Safety Committee would make a so-called "knockout game" assault a Class D felony. It is the least serious felony, punishable by one-to-five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
Assailants in such attacks attempt to knock out random victims with a single punch and often place video of the attacks online.
The bill would make the “knockout game” a class D felony and attackers could face up to five years behind bars and a $5,000 fine.
In most reported cases of this type of attack, teenagers are responsible and lawmakers want to be able to charge anyone over 16 as an adult.
Lawmakers held a public hearing on Tuesday to hear testimony on that and other bills.
Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8th District) was a police officer before he was an elected official. He is now on the public safety committee and said local officials wanted to do something pro-active in Connecticut.
Stamford police in February arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with an attack that left a 63-year-old Stamford High School employee with several broken bones. Officials expressed concern that the incident was an example of the "knockout game."