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      Schumer supports bill making it a crime to tamper with electronic monitoring devices

      David Renz's electronic monitoring device
      In light of the David Renz murder case, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he supports state Senator Patty Ritchie's proposal to make it a crime to tamper with GPS ankle bracelets.

      Renz is accused of removing his ankle bracelet before killing Liverpool librarian Lori Bresnahan and raping a 10-year-old girl. Renz was awaiting federal child pornography charges when he reportedly tampered with the device as many as 46 times before the rape and murder in Clay back in March.

      If the law is approved, it would make it a felony to tamper with the device before committing another violent crime. Currently, it is only a violation of parole and not a separate crime.

      Schumer says they've already asked the Probation Department to look into the Renz case. He now hopes they pass Senator Richie's law in Albany.

      "Those who tamper with the devices that theyâ??re supposed to use are up to no good, and making it a felony is a very good idea," said Schumer.

      Schumer says he is looking into the possibility of a similar bill at the federal level.

      Senator Richie plans to push for the passage of the anti-tampering bill before the legislative session ends next week.