Lalor Renews Call For Assembly To Pass Consecutive Sentencing Bill After Bard College Killer Sentencing

East Fishkill, NY - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is renewing his call for the Assembly to pass legislation that would toughen sentencing for multiple homicides after the driver who killed two Bard College students received a concurrent sentence for the two deaths Currently, the law does not allow judges the discretion to deliver consecutive sentencing for multiple homicides caused by one act. Lalor's legislation passed the Senate last year, but died in the Assembly. It has been reintroduced in the new session.

“We need to give judges the flexibility to issue a punishment that fits the crime,” said Lalor. “This bill will help to ensure that the extent of a defendant’s sentence will directly and appropriately relate to the amount of suffering caused to victims, their families and society. When a killer takes two lives, the sentence should be greater. The law ties judges' hands now. We need to give judges discretion to mete out the appropriate punishments.”

Lalor originally introduced the legislation in 2014 after being contacted by the families of Shawn and Patricia Wonderly. The Wonderly family, along with other members of the community, presented the idea for this legislation after a personal tragedy. On August 1, 2012, Ryan Floryan ran a red light at the Eastbound Arterial and Worrall Avenue in the City of Poughkeepsie and slammed into a car carrying Shawn and Patricia Wonderly of the City of Poughkeepsie, killing the couple.

In 2013, Floryan pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree manslaughter. He is serving six-and-a-half to thirteen years in prison. Under current law, Dutchess County Court Judge Stephen Greller could not impose a stricter sentence, though he believed a much stricter sentence was appropriate, as the sentencing for the two separate manslaughter charges must run concurrently since they were caused by one act. During court proceedings, Floryan admitted that he was driving at an excessive speed to avoid City of Poughkeepsie police because he was on parole violation.

Yesterday, Carol Boeck pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in the deaths of two Bard College students, Sarah McCausland and Evelina Brown. Boeck was drunk and three times over the legal limit when she struck and killed the students on Route 9 last year. The same law that gave Floryan a light sentence also prevented the Boeck judge from delivering consecutive sentences.

Lalor added, “Both killers acted with a shocking disregard for the lives around them. They each took two lives and tore holes into their victims' families. Right now, the law isn't delivering justice for those families. It needs to change, and the Assembly needs to move to pass this bill.”