The Williams/Devins Family
- A New York man pleaded guilty Monday to killing a 17-year-old social media influencer and admitted to posting photos of her body to Instagram.
- Brandon Clark, 22, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Bianca Devins last July.
- Prosecutors said Monday that even though Clark's Instagram account was deactivated, photos of the grisly crime scene are still online today.
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A New York man pleaded guilty Monday to the second-degree murder of Bianca Devins, a 17-year-old social media influencer whose death drew national attention when photos of the crime scene surfaced online.
Brandon Clark, 22, admitted to killing Devins on July 14, 2019, and publishing photos of her body, the Utica Observer-Dispatch reported. He faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Police had said Clark posted the photos on his Instagram account, using the caption, "I'm sorry Bianca," Insider's Lauren Frias previously reported.
Though Clark's Instagram account was eventually deactivated, the photos had already circulated across other social media platforms such as 4chan.
Prosecutors said Monday that those photos can still be found online, even months later.
Clark apologized in court on Monday, saying Devins "didn't deserve what happened to her."
"I think that I need to realize that what I did I can't undo, as much as I want to, and I need to face it," he continued, according to the Observer-Dispatch. "I apologize to all the people that knew and loved her. I apologize to everybody affected by this."
Clark and Devins first met on Instagram last year, and even went to a concert together in New York City. Authorities said they believe the two got into an argument, and Clark took out a knife and slit Devins' throat.
Authorities said Clark called police himself and "made incriminating statements," then began stabbing himself in the neck when the first officer approached the scene. He was transported to a hospital and treated for his injuries.
Devins' relatives said Monday they were relieved by Clark's guilty plea.
"I'm grateful he has chosen to plead guilty," her grandfather Frank Williams told the Observer-Dispatch. "He said Bianca did not deserve this, she did not deserve this."
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