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Britny’s Law in NC and its implications for the Monica Moynan case

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – A guilty verdict in the case against Brian Sluss marks the first time a law passed in 2017 has been put into practice.

Sluss was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for the murder of Monica Moynan, a mother of two from Holly Springs.

In 2014, 22-year-old Britny Puryear was killed by a former partner. Logan Connail McLean was eventually sentenced to between 26.4 and 32.7 years in prison

“Where there is this pattern of domestic violence, it’s in horrifying, tragic homicides, which unfortunately happen far too often,” said Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman.

After Puryear’s death, her parents fought to introduce new laws. In 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed Britny’s Law into law.

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Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said that under the law, first-degree murder convictions require premediation.

Britny’s Law allows prior domestic violence to be used as evidence of intent.

“For those who engage in domestic violence, if you end up killing your partner, we come to you with everything we have and have every intention of putting you in prison for the rest of your life,” he said freeman .

The guilty verdict in the 2019 murder of Moynan is the first time this law has been put into practice in the state. In his own statement, Sluss admitted to beating Moynan on several occasions.

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“We got into an argument. i hit her And she packed up and moved in with her parents,” Sluss said at the booth.

His history of abuse was documented in a protection order Moynan issued against Sluss.

“We always hope that we won’t have another domestic violence homicide, but the fact of the matter is we know the odds are high,” Freeman said.

So far this year, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence has counted 16 domestic violence homicides. From 2021 to 2017, the state recorded an average of 62 domestic violence homicides per year.

Freeman says help is available for people currently living with domestic violence.

“There are people here who are ready and willing to fight for her,” Freeman said.

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DUSTIN JONES

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