The "knockout game" is a name that has been given to assaults in which one or more assailants attempt to knock out an unsuspecting victim with a single punch simply for amusement. The game has captured the attention of lawmakers across the county and a local legislator has introduced a measure he hopes will eliminate the dangerous game.
State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) introduced the Knockout Assault Prevention Act last week. He says it's time to crack down on the "knockout game".
The measure would increase the penalty for adults or minors committing battery in the form otherwise known as the "knockout game". The penalty for committing such an act of violence would result in a Class 2 felony and a 3-7 year prison sentence. The act would also amend the Juvenile Court Act to allow a juvenile court judge to can transfer a case involving this type of crime committed by a minor age 15 or older to adult criminal court.