BREAKING NEWS: Andrew Cuomo grants commutations to five MURDERERS in his final hours as NY Governor after being forced to quit over sex pest claims
- Cuomo announced the commutations on Monday evening, hours before his departure from the Albany state house
- He also pardoned Lawrence Penn, a 51 year-old fraudster
- Cuomo said of his decision: ‘These individuals have shown remorse, rehabilitation and commitment to their communities.’
Outgoing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has used the final hours of his time in office to grant commutations to five murderers.
Cuomo announced he was commuting the prison sentences of David Gilbert, 76, Greg Mingo, 68, Robert Ehrenberg, 62, Ulysees Boyd, 66, and Paul Clark, 59, on Monday night.
All five have murder convictions. A pardon was also granted to Lawrence Penn, 51, who admitted a fraud charge in 2015.
Cuomo said: ‘I am granting clemency to 6 people. These individuals have shown remorse, rehabilitation and commitment to their communities. I thank all the volunteer attorneys representing clemency applicants for their dedication and service to justice.’
The governor will step down from his position at 11:59pm EST Monday night after being accused of sexual harassment by 11 women. He denies their claims.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will replace him.
A commutation is a reduction in sentence, while a pardon removes the conviction altogether.
Commutations are intended to reward prisoners who have shown good behavior, or to reduce sentences that are too harsh for the crimes committed.
In the state level, only governors are entitled to grant commutations. They cannot be revoked, unless they have been grated on the basis of inaccurate evidence.
According to the statement on the Governor’s Twitter account, only one man of the five he granted commutations to is still incarcerated.
Gilbert, who will so be released, was granted the commutation for his contributions to AIDS education and prevention programs, the Gov said.
He has served 40 years of the 75-years-to-life after he was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder and four counts of first-degree Robbery in 1983.
While in prison, Gilbert also worked as a a student tutor, law library clerk, paralegal assistant, teacher’s aide, and an aide for various additional facility programs. Parole board will oversee his potential release.
Mingo, the oldest man to be released, has served 39-and-a-half years of the 50 years-to-life he was convicted to.
He assisted over a thousand of other incarcerated people after earning his GED and a paralegal certification, and taught an eight-week legal research.
Gilbert was convicted of four counts of second-degree Murder, first-degree Robbery, first-degree Burglary, and second-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
He now plans to work as a counselor to help individuals dealing with addiction, anger, and domestic violence.
Andrew Cuomo has announced five commutations for convicted murderers during his final hours in office
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