Drunk Driver Bragged He'd Be Out Day After Killing Someone Under NY Bail Reform
Central Islip, NY – A man with three prior drunk driving convictions, who killed a 27-year-old man on Jan. 12 while driving “more than 135 miles per hour,” bragged that he would be released without bail the next day under New York’s new bail reform laws because the crash was “just a DWI.”
And he was right, the New York Post reported.
Police released more details of the fatal wreck on Thursday, including the fact that 40-year-old Jordan Randolph threatened first responders who responded to the crash.
“As Jonathan Flores was left taking his last breaths and dying, this defendant was hurling expletives at both officers and EMTs who were trying to render him aid,” Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Jacob DeLauter told the judge at Randolph’s arraignment.
“At one point, the defendant completely trivialized this deadly collision by stating to police, ‘F--k you, January 1st the laws changed. I’ll be out tomorrow and I will come find you,'” DeLauter said. “He also stated to an EMT that when he gets out, he’ll come find her.”
Critics have complained that Randolph never should have been on the streets when he killed 27-year-old Jonathan Flores-Maldonado.
Randolph had been freed without bail by a Suffolk County judge after a Jan. 1 arrest, the New York Post reported.
He was ordered to appear in court on that occasion for allegedly interfering with his ignition interlock device, WCBS reported.
Under the state’s new bail reform laws that went into effect at the start of 2020, cash bail was eliminated for all but the most egregious violent offenses.
The judge who released Randolph before the deadly Jan. 12 wreck claimed his hands were tied when he released the serial drunk driver without bail despite him having six felony convictions, six misdemeanor convictions, and five failures to appear in court on his record, WCBS reported.
And he was released again, the day after he allegedly killed Flores-Maldonado, because prosecutors initially only charged Randolph for driving drunk and had not yet filed charges related to Flores-Maldonado’s death, the New York Post reported.
Only after extreme media backlash did Nassau County Judge William O’Brien, who is presiding over Randolph’s parole violation and released him on Jan. 1, order the repeat offender to be arrested and jailed.
New York has seen a sharp uptick in crime since the new bail reform laws went into effect at the beginning of the year, with numerous cases related to persons who had just been released without bail.
Republican lawmakers in Albany tried to repeal the obviously faulty new bail laws but Democratic legislators shot down all efforts.
One judge ignored the new laws to keep a criminal he deemed “a menace to society” behind bars but the defendant appealed and was subsequently freed by a higher court.
Politicians are pointing to Flores-Maldonado as the latest victim of New York’s poorly-constructed bail reform laws that protect criminals instead of their victims and are likely to make it a central part of their campaign platforms for the 2020 elections.
“This is another example of how extreme liberal ideologies infiltrated our lawmakers and laws,” Dr. Josh Eisen, a candidate for New York’s 17th Congressional District, told Blue Lives Matter. “They cannot repeal it nor change it because the extreme left-wing ideology is incompatible with reality. Democrats in Albany are stuck, the people are the victims and the criminals are on the loose.”
Randolph pleaded not guilty on Jan. 30 to 24 charges, including seven counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of driving while intoxicated, and one count each of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, assault, fleeing from police, and circumventing his ignition interlock device, WCBS reported.
Suffolk County Judge Fernando Camacho ordered Randolph held without bail at that hearing.
Flores-Maldonado’s furious mother blamed her son’s death on lawmakers’ failure to protect citizens, the New York Post reported.
“My son became a body count,” Lillian Flores said outside court after Randolph pleaded not guilty. “I’m here to advocate for my son and for any other victims that are subject to the injustices of these new laws.”
“My name is Lillian Flores. My son is Jonathan Flores-Maldonado, and he was the one that was mowed down on the damned highway,” Flores ranted.