Andrew Cuomo, the Gov. of New York announced last month that he is going to commute Judith Clark’s sentence who was found guilty for the 1981 truck robbery incident in Nyack, New York. She was the getaway driver for the robbers, an incident that claimed the lives of two police officers and one security guard. Clark was sentenced 75 years-to-life for her involvement.
In a statement, Al Graf, the Long Island Assemblyman and a retired member of NYPD said that Clark was never cooperative and therefore, should not be released from the prison. Marty Golden, a current State Senator who is also a retired officer from NYPD stated that thousands of law enforcement personnel from the state wants Clark to stay behind the bars and they are working to deny the parole. Protesters have opened an online petition already to gain support in favor of their demand. Pat Gallivan, the Republican State senator said that Clark’s parole hearing may take place in March.
People have reportedly gathered in front of Rockland County Courthouse to protest Governor’s decision to commute Clark’s sentence. During a press conference Lt. James Stewart, the Rockland County Detective stated that Clark was trying to reach a weapon when she was captured by the police and was right in the spot where the shots were fired which claimed the lives of the victims.
In response to the sharp criticism, Cuomo said, Clark seems to be remorseful for her actions and the consequences. However, John Hanchar, a Nyack Police officer who is the nephew of one of the cops who died during the robbery shootout differed saying that Clark failed to prove that she is cooperative. He also added that Clark knows the identity of the other perpetrators who were involved with the robbery and got away, but she refused to disclose information about them.
However, an ex-State Parole Commission Chairman Robert Dennison has supported the parole claiming that Clark deserves to be free. He believes that Judy Clarke is remorseful and accepted full responsibility for the crime that she committed.