Conner’s law on the way to governor’s desk

Family of the late Trooper Kevin Conner, State Highway Patrol leadership, and state Rep. Brenden Jones in Raleigh earlier this year.

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to Conner’s Law (House Bill 283) which enhances penalties for deadly assaults on law enforcement officers and increases the death benefit paid to the family of a fallen officer.

     Named in honor of fallen state Trooper Kevin Conner, murdered last year during a routine traffic stop in Columbus County, the timing of legislative approval was significant, state Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Tabor City), said.

     “Almost one year to the day that we lost Kevin, Conner’s Law is on the way to the Governor’s desk,” Jones said. “We have cried, grieved, and mourned for our friend Kevin. But, let us rejoice today in his memory.

     “Thanks to all who have help and encouraged me in this process. Thanks to my co-sponsors, as well as Sen. Danny E. Britt Jr. for carrying this in the Senate for me.”

     Earlier this year, Rep. Jones and his colleagues were joined by the family of Trooper Conner and members of the N.C. Highway Patrol in unveiling the legislation. The bill now awaits the Governor’s signature.

     In a news release announcing the legislative action, Jones paid tribute to the fallen trooper, using his badge number.

     “Godspeed B-551,” Jones said.