Nine years before Brandon Clark would be accused of slitting the throat of budding social media influencer Bianca Devins, his father pressed a knife against his mother’s throat, threatening to kill her in the same way.
Jason W. Clark held his wife and Brandon’s mother, Michelle Clark, hostage for 10 hours as he threatened to kill her with a knife and then take his own life, according to Oswego County court records obtained by The Post-Standard.
Brandon was just 12 years old at the time, but records don't mention him being present during the lengthy standoff.
Utica police have said they have no indication that Jason’s actions later influenced his son to kill Devins, according to CNY Central, however, there are eerie similarities between the two crimes.
Brandon, 21, has been charged with second-degree murder after Devins, 17, was found dead Sunday. Utica Police Lt. Bryan Coromato told Oxygen.com that Devins’ throat had been slit.
When officers arrived at the scene, Brandon began to try to stab himself in the neck. The 21-year-old also uploaded numerous photos of Devin’s body to Snapchat, Instagram and the gamer app Discord, police said.
Authorities believe Brandon killed Devins in a fit of jealousy after seeing her kiss someone else at a concert they went to Saturday night in New York City.
“The belief is that she kissed somebody at the concert and that’s what upset him,” District Attorney Scott McNamara told local station WKTV.
Jealousy was also apparently the motive when his father attacked his mother years earlier on Jan. 4, 2010.
Michelle told authorities that her husband had gotten upset because he believed she had been cheating on him and that he would “get things in his head” like that often, court documents state.
Fulton police said Jason began to beat his wife and when his mother-in-law, who lived with the couple, tried to call 911 he yanked the phone cord out of the wall.
Jason also threatened to harm himself and said he was “going to die tonight,” police said.
When authorities arrived, Jason held a knife to his wife’s throat, threatening to slit her jugular.
“I thought he was going to kill me,” Michelle Clark later told police, according to court documents.
The stand-off eventually ended when police stormed the house and arrested Jason, who was later sentenced to two to four years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
After his son was arrested over the weekend, Jason told CNY Central he was still struggling to comprehend the accusations against his son.
He also apologized to Devins' family for their loss.
Jason told the station that his son had been raised right, although he admitted “there was some dysfunction.” He didn’t elaborate.
However, Oswego County Court records suggest Jason had frequent brushes with the law, with four arrests since 1996. He was convicted of assault that year and in subsequent years received convictions for burglary and attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument before the 2010 standoff with police.
Brandon has now found himself behind bars—while Devins’ family continues to grieve their loss.
In a statement from the family released by the Utica Police Department, they described the 17-year-old as a talented artist, a loving sister, daughter and cousin.
“Bianca’s smile brightened our lives,” they wrote. “She will always be remembered as our Princess.”
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