ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco is urging the community to voice their opposition to parole for Judith Clark who was involved in the 1981 Brinks armored car robbery that left two Nyack police officers and a guard dead by writing to the NYS Parole Board.
Last Friday, 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.
Earlier this week, hundreds of local officials, family members, and residents attended a rally to oppose the move by Cuomo.
"The governor spent an hour with inmate Clark yet could not find the time to speak to a single family member of the victims, which included nine children," Falco said. "It is unconscionable that Governor Cuomo could not even extend the courtesy of a notification to them of his intent, leaving them to find out the news of his actions through the media."
Falco said that the governor "disregards and fails to mention that Ms. Clark was actually 31 years old at the time of the crime and evidence showed that she was a full participant and planner in the crime, and was reaching for a handgun to shoot at the arresting officer when she was taken into custody."
The Sheriff also said that for the governor to take this action in a year where murders of police officers by firearms rose 56 percent, shows he is out of touch and understands little about the people who serve and protect the communities.
To send a letter to the parole board in protest, write to:
Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, 247 Harris Road, Bedford Hills, NY 10507-2400; Re: Judith Clark; DIN 83G0313 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .