BUFFALO, NY - Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita held a press conference Wednesday morning to discuss expanding New York State's DNA database.
Several state, county and local law enforcement officials were on hand to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal of an all-crimes DNA database.
Currently, the law only requires those convicted of felonies, and a few misdemeanors, to submit their DNA. Cuomo's proposal would require all those convicted of a penal law crime, to submit their DNA.
They won't be the only ones according to Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.
"Those convicted of non-penal law crimes, such as felony DWI, under the vehicle and traffic law, or animal cruelty; under the agricultural markets law, would be required to provide a sample of their DNA," says Sedita.
Sedita says out of 3,000 cases, 189 homicides and 593 sex assaults have been solved in part due to the current DNA database.
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