ONEIDA COUNTY, NY (WUTR-TV) — Brandon Clark, the Cicero man who had pleaded guilty to murdering 17-year-old Utica teen Bianca Devins, has had a new attorney appointed to handle his request to withdraw that plea. Wednesday morning, Oneida County Judge Michael Dwyer assigned attorney Gregg Starczewski to serve as Clark’s counsel as he seeks to get his guilty plea withdrawn. Clark believes he was persuaded to plead guilty earlier this year from his previous public defender.
Clark is accused of killing Devins on July 14th, 2019 on Poe Street in East Utica. When Clark made his guilty plea on February 10, 2020, he said that he did so because he did not want the family of Bianca Devins to have to be exposed to the evidence that would have come up at trial. Clark was originally scheduled to be sentenced on April 6th, 2020, but the courts were closed at that time due to the coronavirus. He was to be sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder of Devins.
“We’re disturbed that he won’t take responsibility for his actions,” says Frank Williams, Bianca’s grandfather.
Wednesday’s court proceedings took less than 10 minutes, new court dates were scheduled. Defense has until September 14th, 2020, to file a motion to withdraw his guilty plea. prosecution has until September 22nd, 2020, to respond.
“We are firm…standing in support with the District Attorney and calling for the maximum sentence, 25 years to life without a reduction in that sentence and that’s what we think would be justice for Bianca,” says Williams.
A hearing is scheduled for September 30th, 2020 at 11 a.m.
“We will be here for every court appearance representing Bianca. Our whole family is solid in wanting justice for Bianca,” says Williams.