Violent criminals in Illinois who post recordings of their crimes online could start spending more time in prison.
A measure is on its way to the governor’s desk after lawmakers approved it.
Representative Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, said the measure comes from an incident near her district last summer.
CASSIDY: “The ringleader announced ‘I think I’m going to knock this guy out,’ set up his camera, and handed it to one of his friends to videotape.”
The alleged attacker then punched a father of 12 in the jaw, who fell and hit his head on the sidewalk.
He was found unconscious hours later, and later died in a hospital.
Cassidy’s plan would add up to an extra five years behind bars for videotaped aggravated battery cases.
She said recording a crime adds insult to injury, something victims will deal with for the rest of their lives.
CASSIDY: “Technology is constantly changing. In criminal law, technology plays a role in the evolution of crimes.”
Cassidy says recordings must be part of the crime for the increased penalties to apply.
That means video from people unassociated with the attack would not trigger the tougher punishment.