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Luke Wright sentenced for brutal abuse to sister

By WBFO Newsroom

Buffalo, NY – A North Collins man will spend 40-years-to-life in prison for sexually abusing and torturing his mentally-disabled half-sister, Laura Cummings.

Senior Erie County Court Judge Michael D'Amico sentenced Luke Wright Tuesday morning.

Wright was convicted by a jury in last month.

Eva Cummings, the mother of Laura, is already serving a more than 50-years-to life in prison for the murder of her 23-year old daughter in January of 2010.

Before sentencing, defense attorney John Nuchereno begged Judge D'Amico to show mercy on his client. The defense claims Wright also suffers mentally and lived through hell for years while living with his step-mother in North Collins.

And on the same day of Wright's sentencing, the state senate approved the "Laura Cummings' Law Tuedsday.

Senate George Maziarz of Newfane said the legislation would protect New York's most vulnerable citizens.

The legislation calls to improve the operations of the Child and Adult Protective Services systems in order to prevent tragedies like the murder of Cummings. Senators unanimously passed the measure. Senator Maziarz says the system failed Laura Cummings.

Senator Maziarz co-sponsored the legislation that included every member of the Western New York Senate Delegation. Assemblyman John Ceretto will be sponsoring a same-as measure in the Assembly.