The slaying of a college student may help change state law.
Gov. Pataki met with the parents of Jenna Grieshaber, who was stalked and bludgeoned to death, allegedly by a recently paroled criminal.
He told Bruce and Janice Grieshaber of Camillus, Onondaga County, that he may use their story to advocate "Jenna's Law" -- which would require all felons to serve full prison sentences, the Times Union of Albany reported Thursday.
Pataki delivers his State of the State message on Jan. 7.
Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick, said he will meet with the family in January and will push for tougher sentencing laws in the Assembly.
He said staff attorneys are looking for ways to close the "loophole" that may have been partly responsible for Ms. Grieshaber's death.
The 22-year-old Russell Sage College student was killed in Albany on Nov. 6. Authorities charged her neighbor, Nicholas Eugene Pryor, with stabbing her and pounding her body with a bedpost.
Pryor had been imprisoned for a 1989 stabbing in Troy and a parole violation but, under current state law, had to be released after serving two-thirds of his 7-year sentence.