[Pnews] Judy Clark granted early parole hearing

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            Return Judy Clark to Our Community

December 30, 2016 at 5:10pm 

Among those who are receiving commutations of their sentences — action 
being take separate from the 101 conditional pardons — is Judith Clark, 
who was convicted for her role in the 1981 Brinks armored car robbery in 
Rockland County. The commutation makes her eligible for parole in the 
first quarter of 2017.

Clark, 67, has served more than 35 years of her 75 years to life 
sentence. She drove the getaway vehicle in robbery and was later 
convicted of murder and robbery.

Cuomo’s office said Clark has made exceptional strides in 
self-development while serving her sentence in Westchester County. She 
has earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree and has maintained a perfect 
disciplinary record.


*Corporate Media*

  Cuomo: "I am not releasing Judith Clark"

January 3, 2017

*NEW YORK (FOX5 NY)* - Judith Clark, 67, the get-away driver in a deadly 
Brinks armed car robbery in 1981, has made "tremendous progress" and is 
"a different person" after 35 years in prison, said NY Gov. Andrew 
Cuomo. Clark has (sic: will) been allowed to go before the parole review 
board after Cuomo commuted her sentence.

"I am not releasing her, but I am giving her the opportunity to give her 
case. People change in 35 years," Cuomo told FOX 5 NY morning program 
'Good Day New York.'

Clark, a former Weather Underground member, has served 35 years of the 
75-years-to-life sentence for her role in the $1.6 million robbery at a 
mall in suburban Rockland County.

A security guard, Peter Paige, was killed during the heist, and less 
than an hour later, two Nyack police officers, Waverly Brown and Sgt. 
Edward O'Grady, were killed in an ambush after stopping a truck at a 
roadside checkpoint.

Cuomo noted that some of Clark's co-defendants served less time and that 
Clark has been a model prisoner.

The commutation will allow Clark to appear before the parole board in 
early 2017. Under her previous sentence, she would not have been 
eligible for parole consideration until she was 106.

"She should have the right to make that case," said Cuomo.

The Weather Underground was a 1960s group of increasingly violent 
anti-war activists. Clark, at the time of her trial, called herself a 
freedom fighter, insisted on representing herself and then refused to go 
to court, remaining in a cell.

In a 2002 sworn statement, she expressed regret and said she had 
rejected her radical beliefs.

The governor's decision has outraged Michael Paige, whose father was 
killed in the robbery.

  "For Gov. Cuomo to even think of commuting the sentence of a triple 
murderer who murdered police officers and my father -- that, to me, is 
the gravest form of injustice to these three men, who were killed 
standing their ground and protecting us," Paige said by phone.

*/With the Associated Press/*

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