Man sentenced for killing teen, posting photos online
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge sentenced Brandon Clark to 25 years to life for killing a 17-year-old woman and posting photos of her body online afterwards.
About 40 people attended the sentencing hearing on Tuesday in Oneida County Court and heard both from Clark and several of the victim’s relatives, Syracuse.com reported.
Bianca Devins was killed in 2019 after coming back to Utica, New York, from a concert with Clark in New York City. Clark admitted to cutting Devin’s throat and posting photos of her body online immediately afterwards.
In June, Clark requested to withdraw his guilty plea in the case, delaying his sentencing. Judge Michael Dwyer asked Clark on Tuesday why he had tried to withdraw the plea, saying he must take full responsibility for the killing, the newspaper reported.
Clark said mental health issues were the reason for his request. He apologized to Devins’ family and the court, the newspaper reported.
Kim Devins’, the mother of Bianca, talked about the pain she and her family have felt since her death, and said they were haunted by the photos Clark took of her.
“So many people have been affected by the pictures, scarred for life and suffering from PTSD, unable to erase the image from their mind.
“No one should have to see their loved one in such a state,” she told the court.
The prosecution, Kim Devins and other family members urged the parole board never to grant Clark parole.