UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — On Tuesday morning Brandon Clark, of Cicero, was expected to receive his sentence in court, but now that has been put on hold. on June 2nd, 2020, Clark requested to withdraw his plea after feeling like his attorney persuaded him to plead guilty.
On February 10th, 2020, Clark pleaded guilty to killing 17-year-old Utica teen Bianca Devins on Boilermaker Sunday in 2019. This case that has grabbed national attention after he posted photos of the teen’s body on his social media.
Due to social distancing guidelines, reporters watched Tuesday’s court proceedings from another courtroom via Skype. Some of Devin’s family were present in the courtroom. “If he is truly remorseful about what he did…he would take his punishment to serve this full sentence of the law and that’s what we would like to have him do,” says Frank Williams, Bianca’s grandfather.
In court, Clark tells the judge, “The reason why I am withdrawing my plea is because I believe he [Clark’s attorney] integrative sustained counseling me and coerced me into pleading guilty.” The judge said he will assign a new attorney and schedule a hearing to determine whether or not to accept his withdrawal. The hearing on Clark’s request is expected in early August.
Originally when Clark pleaded guilty, he told the courtroom he did not want the Devin’s family to see all the evidence come out in trial. “We are prepared to represent Bianca each and every day and remind him of the beautiful lie that he had took from us, from her friends, from this community,” says Williams.
Clark’s attorney, Luke Nebush, did not have a comment.
Before the covid-19 pandemic, Clark was scheduled to be sentenced in April 2020.