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Knockout Game Bill Gets Hearing

by Staff Report | Mar 10, 2014 1:46pm
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It’s called the “knockout game” and at least one lawmaker wants to make sure the penalty for sucker-punching a stranger is stiff.

On Tuesday, the legislature’s Public Safety Committee will hear testimony regarding a bill that would increase a “knockout game” assault to a Class D felony. It’s punishable by one-to-five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

At least one man who fell victim to the national phenomenon of punching unsuspecting strangers was from New Haven.

WFSB reported last year that Lawrence Hsieh, 35, was walking to a bus stop on Church Street in New Haven after leaving his research scientist job at Yale University. Three men approached and Hsieh was surprised when he was knocked out by one of the men.

The bill is supported by state Rep. Joe Verrengia, vice chairman of the Public Safety Committee and a police sergeant in West Hartford.

The public hearing begins at 9 a.m. in room 1A of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

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