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Albany - NY Cuomo Commutes Sentence Of Brinks Robbery Getaway Driver

Published on: December 31, 2016 11:46 PM
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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 1981, file photo, police are at the scene of a Brinks armored truck robbery at the Nanuet Mall in Nanuet, N.Y., where multiple Nyack police officers and a Brinks guard were killed earlier during the robbery. Judith Clark is a former Weather Underground member who has served 35 years of a 75-year-to-life sentence for her role in the robbery, will be eligible for parole in 2017 following a commutation from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.  (AP Photo/File)FILE - In this Oct. 21, 1981, file photo, police are at the scene of a Brinks armored truck robbery at the Nanuet Mall in Nanuet, N.Y., where multiple Nyack police officers and a Brinks guard were killed earlier during the robbery. Judith Clark is a former Weather Underground member who has served 35 years of a 75-year-to-life sentence for her role in the robbery, will be eligible for parole in 2017 following a commutation from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.  (AP Photo/File)

Albany, NY - A former radical who drove a getaway car during a Brinks armored car robbery that led to the deaths of two police officers and a security guard will be eligible for parole next year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo commuted her sentence.

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Judith Clark, a former Weather Underground member, has served 35 years of a 75-years-to-life sentence for her role in the robbery at a mall in suburban Rockland County.

The commutation Friday will allow Clark, 67, to appear before the Board of Parole in early 2017. Under her previous sentence, she would not have been eligible for parole consideration until she was 106.

In announcing the decision, the Democratic governor’s office noted that Clark “received one of the longest sentences of her six co-defendants, the majority of whom are either deceased or no longer in custody” and “received the same sentence as one of the known shooters.”

Cuomo’s office also said Clark has been a model prisoner, tutoring other inmates, training service dogs and founding an HIV/AIDS education program while behind bars.

FILE- In this Oct. 21, 1981 file photo, Judith Clark is taken into police custody in Nanuet, N.Y. Clark, a former radical who drove a getaway car during the 1981 Brinks armored car robbery will be eligible for parole in 2017 following a commutation from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.(AP Photo/David Handschuh, File)FILE- In this Oct. 21, 1981 file photo, Judith Clark is taken into police custody in Nanuet, N.Y. Clark, a former radical who drove a getaway car during the 1981 Brinks armored car robbery will be eligible for parole in 2017 following a commutation from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.(AP Photo/David Handschuh, File)

But the governor’s decision outraged Michael Paige, whose father, Brinks security guard Peter Paige, was killed in the $1.6 million holdup. Less than an hour after Paige’s killing, two Nyack police officers, Waverly Brown and Sgt. Edward O’Grady, stopped a truck at a roadside checkpoint and were killed in an ambush.

Michael Paige said 35 years isn’t enough time for Clark — “No. It’s never enough time.”

“For Governor Cuomo to even think of commuting the sentence of a triple murderer who murdered police officers and my father — that, to me, is the gravest form of injustice to these three men, who were killed standing their ground and protecting us,” Paige said by phone.

The Weather Underground was a 1960s group of increasingly violent anti-war activists. Clark, at the time of her trial, called herself a freedom fighter, insisted on representing herself and then refused to go to court, remaining in a cell.

In a 2002 sworn statement, she expressed regret and said she had rejected her radical beliefs.

Ann Jacobs, director of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Prisoner Reentry Institute, said the commutation reflects the value of “giving second chances, of recognizing that the measure of a person is more than the worst they have done, but what they have done to learn from their mistakes and to give back.”



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 Jan 01, 2017 at 08:33 AM Anonymous Says:

This is the "Twisted Liberal " way of thinking !!!!

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 Jan 01, 2017 at 10:36 AM Enough Already Says:

This is what we get when Liberals are elected to high pubic office. The Governors actions sets a horrible example and is a slap in the face of law enforcement.

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 Jan 01, 2017 at 11:22 AM kollelman Says:

It's amazing. They refuse to kill horrible these scourge of humankind. They rather put them in jail at over 100k per year EACH, on the taxpayer's dime. There's no redemption for murder of innocents, all the more so, police officers. This is what Cuomo is busy doing? This is the most important issue he faces?! Oh, and forcing new rules on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. You know, important governing.

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 Jan 01, 2017 at 11:26 AM Voice-of-Reason Says:

What about Rubashkin?

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 Jan 01, 2017 at 11:38 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

She has certainly served a long time in prison.

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 Jan 01, 2017 at 12:50 PM Anonymous Says:

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Voice-of-Reason Says:

What about Rubashkin?

Cuomo has no jurisdiction over Rubashkin. Save your knee jerk reaction for something meaningful.

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 Jan 01, 2017 at 02:30 PM Anonymous Says:

There is an Italian-American (Portelli), who was jailed in 1962, or fifty years ago, for killing two 70th Detective Squad cops, following a botched robbery at a tobacco shop in Borough Park. How come Cuomo doesn't commute his sentence? His accomplice, Jerry Rosenberg, died in prison, along with another robber.

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