Bill named after fallen trooper Kevin Conner signed by governor

Bill named after fallen trooper Kevin Conner passes General Assembly, headed to governor’s desk

RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - A bill named after a state trooper killed in the line of duty is now law after the governor signed off on the measure Wednesday.

House Bill 283, also called Conner’s Law, toughens the punishment for anyone convicted of assault with a firearm on law enforcement, probation and parole officers, or assault with a deadly weapon against other emergency responders.

The bill also provides an extra death benefit for families of public safety workers killed in the line of duty.

It’s named after former North Carolina State Trooper Kevin K. Conner, who was shot and killed last October while making a traffic stop in Columbus County.

The N.C. House unanimously passed the bill back in March. It then languished in Senate committees for approximately five months before a slightly altered version of the bill was unanimously passed by state senators on Sept. 10.

Nearly a year after Conner’s death, the final version of the bill bearing his name passed the House on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 103-1.

“It has been a long road getting here. We have cried, grieved, and mourned for our friend Kevin. But let us rejoice today in his memory,” said Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus), one of the bill’s original sponsors. “I ask that everyone please continue to remember Miranda, Briley, Braxton, Glenn and Kay in their thoughts and prayers.

“I look forward in Governor Cooper signing this bill into law very soon. It has been an honor to write and present this bill in honor of my friend, and Master Trooper Kevin Conner. Godspeed B-551.”

Chauncey Askew is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Trooper Conner. Raheem Davis is charged with accessory after the fact. Both are in custody awaiting trial.

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