Lawmakers back new felony assault law

Three state lawmakers, including Assemblyman Bob Oaks, are backing legislation for a new section of law that would create the class E felony of third-degree aggravated assault.

Oaks, R-130 of Macedon, is the lead sponsor of the legislation in the Assembly. Sen. Pattie Ritchie, R-48 of Oswegatchie, is sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

The impetus for the proposed law was an assault on a female bartender in the town of Oswego last July. Two men attacked her.

Despite major injuries that required corrective surgery, the crime didn’t meet the standards for a felony, so the district attorney could only prosecute the assailants for the misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault.

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