Group pushes for harsher sentences after Glens Falls mother, daughter slain

September 17, 2017 12:36 AM

GLENS FALLS - Flowers, stuffed animals and balloons form a memorial for 33-year-old Crystal Riley and her young daughter, Lily Frasier, outside of what used to be their South Street apartment in Glens Falls.

Riley and 4-year-old Lilly were both found stabbed to death inside the home back in August. 

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Riley's mother found their bodies.

"This Young lady was four," said Robert Pemberton, founder of the community group Stop the Violence. "There is nothing that this young lady could've did to this man to cause her to lose her life. 

21-year-old Bryan Redden is charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection with mother-daughter double murder.

Police said Redden used a knife to slash Riley's throat and then did the same to the 4 year old girl.

"I don't think anyone in this room can explain how you commit such a horrific act against a child," said Chief Tony Lydon of the Glens Falls Police Department told reporters during an August press conference. "I don't think we'll ever be able to understand that," 

Pemberton is also a Glens Falls resident. 

He and other community members are pushing for legislation guaranteeing that anyone who murders a child in the manner that little Lilly was killed gets the maximum sentence.

"If you kill a minor under the age of in a domestic dispute, physical altercation or a threat that you carry out, that you get life in prison without the possibility of parole," Pemberton said.


A petition for what Pemberton and others are hoping will become Lilly's law has received nearly 4-thousand signatures in over 36 hours. 

"Once we get 5000 signatures the family and I will go and deliver to Andrew Cuomo and Chuck Schumer and tell a story about Lily and her mom and see what we can do to get Lily's law passed," Pemberton said.

If convicted of first degree murder Redden faces the maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.


Pemberton said there is no guarantee Redden will serve that much time, which is why he said he is pushing so hard for Lilly's law.


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