WARREN COUNTY, N.Y. -- In court Thursday, Bryan Redden pleaded guilty to the murders of 33-year-old Crystal Reilly and her 4-year-old daughter Lilly Frasier. By accepting the plea, Redden is facing 44 years to life in prison when he is sentenced in March.
Shortly after the double homicide, Stop The Violence Movement founder Robert Pemberton created a petition for Lilly's Law. Since then, he says it has gained more than 10,000 signatures.
“It’s protecting every community member," said Pemberton, if passed.
He says this bill would stiffen laws against those committing murder. Under this legislation, anyone convicted of first degree murder would automatically get sentenced to life in prison without parole.
"It’s pretty close to home happening right here in Glens Falls,” said State Senator Betty Little.
She says she knew the Reillys' grandmother and Lilly's great-grandmother. Little is sponsoring this bill in the senate.
“His sentence could be 44 years to life. That sounds like a long time, but it’s a very, very long time for the woman that was killed and the little girl that never had much of a life,” Little said.
She says this legislation has been printed and is hoping to get support from fellow senators this session. But the bill still needs a sponsor in the assembly.
If it does become a law, it won't apply to this case. But supporters are hoping it'll prevent future tragedies.
“I will not rest until we see Lilly’s Law enacted,” Pemberton said.