Family of Stalking Victim Pushing for New Law

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM EDT


WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) The family of Jackie Wisniewski joined with New York Senator Tim Kennedy (D-63rd District) to announce proposed legislation that will update the State's penal code under "Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree" to include GPS tracking devices.

Last June, 33-year old Jackie Wisniewski was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend inside the Erie County Medical Center.

Her killer was Dr. Timothy Jorden, a trauma surgeon, who had been stalking Wisniewski since they broke up.

Jorden later committed suicide.

Three months before she was killed, Jackie Wisniewski discovered that Jorden had put a GPS tracking device on her car.

Wisniewski reported it to police but did not file charges.

"At that point, being afraid for her life, she asked herself "If i do this will I be setting off the ticking time bomb?" said her brother Dave Wisniewski during the morning press conference.

"She had a decision to make, do I leave it alone where hopefully it goes away, or do I possibly make the situation worse. The one thing we will never do is, nor should anyone else, is question the decision made by a victim."

Under the current laws, it is not illegal to put a GPS tracking device on someone's vehicle without their consent - even if it is for the purposes of stalking.

Under "Jackie's Law," it will become a class "E" felony with violators facing up to four years in jail.

So far, Senator Kennedy is the sole sponsor of the bill which is being reviewed by the legislature's code committee.

"Jackie's Law" could go to the NY State Senate for a vote as early as next week.