The New York State Parole Board Friday denied parole for Judith Clark, the getaway driver in the failed 1981 Rockland County Brinks armored car robbery that left three law enforcement officers dead.
Governor Cuomo had commuted the sentence of Judith Clark, now 67, who has served 35 years of a 75-year to life sentence. She is not eligible for parole again until April 2019.
She was part of the radical Weather Underground movement that held up the armed car in Nanuet, which led to a shootout.
Thousands of police officers, state and local government officials and residents of the area sent letters to the parole board urging its members to reject her bid.
Rockland County Executive Edwin Day, himself a retired cop, said Clark needs to spend the rest of her life behind bars to pay her debt to society. "She is a domestic terrorist who does not deserve to walk among the free.”
A Brinks guard, Peter Paige, was killed at the scene in Nanuet. Two Nyack police officers, Sgt. Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly “Chipper” Brown, were killed at a roadblock in Nyack.
Day has been highly critical of Cuomo’s decision to commute Clark’s sentence.
Update 4/22/17 9:13 a.m.:
Clark's attorney, Steve Zeidman, released a statement criticizing the parole board's decision. The statement reads in part, "The Parole Board’s decision deliberately ignores Ms. Clark’s extraordinary record of achievement and transformation recognized and valued by Governor Cuomo and his Executive Clemency Bureau, and instead elevates calls for interminable vengeance and punishment."
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