ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- More than a dozen lawmakers and law-enforcement officials came together in Albany on Monday to call on the state Parole Board to deny parole for Judith Clark, who drove the getaway car in the 1981 Brinks robbery that left two Nyack police officers, and a guard dead.
"Commuting Judith Clark’s sentence is deeply disturbing. Her terrorist crimes deserve no special treatment. The victims of her acts received no mercy and neither should she. I’ve sent a letter to the parole board urging them to reject Judith Clark’s application for parole. Allowing this murderer back on our streets is a slap in the face of the victims’ families and law enforcement. I’m urging all local residents to sign our petition" said Nyack's Sen. David Carlucci who has started an online petition.
On Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo commuted Clark's sentence to a minimum 35 years, which means she will not be freed but can seek parole this year.
Clark, 67, who was the getaway driver, has already served 35 years of a minimum 75-year prison term. She would not have been eligible for parole until 2056 when she would be 106 years old.
"The Brinks robbery savagely took the lives of Rockland police officers and forever changed Rockland County. For the victims and their families, the passage of time can never undo that crime. I join our law enforcement community in opposing this commutation and will actively advocate against her release," added Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-Rockland).
Cuomo said that during her time at Bedford Hills, Clark has maintained a perfect disciplinary record and lives in honor housing.
In an effort to give residents a chance to voice their opinion to the parole board, Carlucci has started an online petition. Click here to sign the petition.