Legislation would make it a crime to conceal a death by knowingly moving or hiding a human corpse
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-60, has announced the New York State Senate passed Senate Bill S.1590. The legislation would makes it a crime to conceal a death by knowingly moving or otherwise hiding a human corpse so that discovery of the death would be hindered.
The bill, sponsored by Grisanti, passed in the State Senate the past two years, but has yet to be approved by the State Assembly.
"I am pleased that the Senate voted to pass this legislation in honor of Amanda Lynn," Grisanti said. "What is currently on the books was completely inadequate for the seriousness of the crime of improperly disposing of a human being. With the eventual passage of this legislation, anyone in the future who attempts to move or conceal a body in the attempt to hinder its discovery will have to deal with the full weight of the legal system being thrown at them."
Amanda Wienckowski's naked body was found stuffed inside a garbage tote in January 2009. The exact cause of her death has been disputed ever since, with one key issue in the ongoing investigation the location of where her body was found. It is believed her corpse was moved from the original crime scene.
Grisanti is urging members of the Assembly to follow the Senate's lead and approve the bill.
"As an attorney and also as a father, I took particular interest in this legislation," Grisanti said. "We all know that Amanda did not land in that Dumpster by herself, because somebody put her in there. When somebody does something as horrendous as that, they need to be held accountable and be punished. Tampering with evidence and altering a crime scene cannot be tolerated. The time came to act on this, and I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for following my lead in attempting to make this become a law here in New York state. We now need the members of the Assembly to bring it to the floor and pass this bill so that it can be sent to the governor's desk."
The legislation would make the commission of the crime of improper disposal of a dead body a D felony. It is currently a misdemeanor.