Gov. Cuomo Pardons 29 Convicts, Including Murderers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added another 29 convicted felons to his list of clemency recipients on Monday.

New York, NY – Over two dozen convicted criminals – including 22 immigrants and four murderers – were granted clemency by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday.

“It’s a good way to start the year,” City University of New York School of Law professor Steve Zeidman told The New York Times. “These are wonderful people. There are more people who will be productive on the outside.”

Cuomo granted clemency to 29 convicts on Monday, an overwhelming number of whom were immigrants facing possible deportation, the New York Post reported.

Immigrants who are legal residents generally get deported after being convicted of serious crimes. The governor's action prevents their deportation.

“While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York,” he added.

During the summer of 2018, Cuomo also pardoned eight other immigrants who were facing deportation, the New York Times reported.

Some of the individuals he conditionally pardoned have already been arrested for new offenses, according to the paper.

“Every recipient is in good standing, having given back to their communities and families in a variety of ways, and having demonstrated a substantial period of crime-free, good citizenship,” Cuomo said of those he opted to pardon on Monday.

Zeidman assisted three of the felons with their applications for commutations, including 49-year-old convicted killer Roy Bolus, The New York Times reported.

Bolus and his co-defendant, 49-year-old Alphonso Riley-James, were convicted of murder, robbery, criminal possession of weapons, and burglary for their involvement in a drug deal that left two men dead, the Times Union reported.

Bolus and Riley-James were 18 years old when they traveled to Albany with four other men and broke into an apartment, The Syracuse Post-Standard reported at the time.

The crew then forced 20-year-old William Patterson and 21-year-old George Jones Mosley onto the floor, and another member of the group executed Patterson and Mosley with a bullet to the head.

The crew was also accused of attempting to execute a woman inside the apartment, but the gun jammed, sparing her life.

Police later located they hysterical woman on the roof of the complex, and took her to a psychiatric center.

Another man was wounded by the attackers as he fled from the apartment.

Bolus was sentenced to 75 years to life, and Riley-James was sentenced to 50 years to life. Both of them are decades away from being eligible for parole, the Times Union reported.

While in prison, Bolus completed a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and is working on his PhD.

“You meet him and say, ‘Why is this man in prison after 30 years for a crime he committed when he was 18?’” Zeidman told The New York Times.

Riley-James also completed a bachelor’s degree while sitting in prison, and has received a paralegal certificate as well.

Taking classes in prison doesn't bring back their victims.

“As extraordinary as they are, there are countless others like them,” Zeidman told the Times Union. “They hope that their release is the start of a trend, that it opens the spigot, so to speak. It’s a wonderful start, but it’s just a start.”

Cuomo also commuted the sentence of 42-year-old convicted murderer Dennis Woodbine, who fired a gun at a group of thieves in 1998 and fatally struck a bystander, the New York Post reported.

Woodbine was 19 years old at the time, and has since received a bachelor’s degree during his prison stay.

Cuomo commuted the sentence of 38-year-old convict Michael Crawford, who was two decades into his 22-year sentence for the 1999 shooting death of a man who stole concert tickets from him, the New York Post reported.

Commutations were also doled out to three other inmates convicted of weapons possession or robbery.

"For a society to be just, then justice must be tempered with mercy,” Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci said in the governor’s press release.

“With these grants of clemency, Governor Cuomo has again demonstrated why New York is a beacon for hope and enlightenment,” Annucci added.

New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado concurred, and declared that Cuomo’s “mercy” would help to “build a stronger and hopeful future for everyone.”

“I am proud that Governor Cuomo is making New York State a place where we have the chance to earn mercy,” Rosado said.

Cuomo’s statement did not make any reference to the potential impact that the convicted felons’ pardons and commutations might have on their victims or the victims’ family members.

Comments (42)
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spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

Kind of gives you a window into the governor's soul if he thinks murderers are "wonderful people".

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Of course this all makes sense - only if you're a liberal and don't have to actually to live with the consequences of your actions - everyone else has to.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

"Why is this man in prison after 30 years for a crime he committed when he was 18?"

Because of the crime he committed when he was 18. Next question.

robocop95
robocop95

The democrat way

Steve1
Steve1

Cuomo is just one of New York's Top Terrorist and does not represent the Majority of New Yorkers! This Terrorist has to be stopped, he will continue to destroy New York and the America I love and defended for 23 Honorable Years!

ChefRay
ChefRay

Ok differing opinions that is good. But is there open mindedness?

I am only writing about the to that were in on murder charges, and were pardoned. They were both 18 when the crimes were committed. They were in on the robbery of the money and drugs, they just didn't think about witnesses.

Well the older kids had, so that is why they did the shooting.

Although both instances make no references to them knowing about the shooting going to happen, they knew it could.

Therefore they were charged under the Felony Murder Rule! HOWEVER, they did rehabilitate themselves, both busted ass, got Bachelor Degrees, then Masters, then one went towards the law, the other went with more education.

Those are the types that deserve Pardons, and records sealed up.

Budman
Budman

Two questions.

The victims families are really being screwed!!

Why do we have to pay for the scumbags college education!! Wish my college education was free!!

Iridehd1962
Iridehd1962

WOW a large percentage will re offend...

Secesh1861
Secesh1861

Watch one of these guys take out this governor or one of his family members. “what a great way to start out the year”

GForce48
GForce48

Just another glaring example of how we can't allow our collective security be left into the hands of Dems/Libs! They do not have the safety and security of regular citizens at the forefront of their actions and deeds!

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Every one of these New York officials is deranged. In some of these cases, the individual may become priductive, but the odds are that many will return to crime. However, putting murderers back on the street while restricting the right of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves is tyrannical. Just show that “anything goes” in the Democrats’ lust for and pursuit of absolute power.

Propolice
Propolice

I guess the liberal Ny citizens are grateful for this. Maybe they’ll see these pardoned model criminals again invading their home. Cookies and milk will be served. Nyers deserve what they get. (Not all but..)

Cookie9301
Cookie9301

Gov Como is a jackass. Hopefully one of the criminals he released kills him or is family member. Not some poor innocent victim

K9ndn
K9ndn

Oh I would be pissed off if my loved one was killed by somebody and he let them out! That bastard needs to go he’s destroying that state.

LEO0301
LEO0301

If you do the crime then you must do the time period. Pardoning convicted killers just because they used taxpayers money to get free college education is beyond mind-numbing insanity! As usual this is the liberal-lefts message to the rest of the country and it is "screw you we need the votes to continue our destruction. Plus free college education for somebody serving such a long sentence is horrifyingly wrong. American Kids rack up so much debt to go to college yet these felons get it for free. Instead of giving selland's a free education they should use that money for scholarships for the young men and women who haven't committed any crimes and want to be productive members of society

Freebie
Freebie

I think we should deport Cuomo!! Who voted this slime in for another term?

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

If i lived in ny i would move away. Same as calif. Liberal run n voted un libnuts. My heart breaks for victims families. Lets c how long before they r in trouble again. Coumo is a dirtbag

magnumforc
magnumforc

Cuomo is another ultra liberal idiot who banks on votes and cares less about the lives these miscreants took or ruined. The vote of the Latino community depends on kissing the illegals butts in NY and California.

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

I do not care HOW many degrees and certificates these killers have earned....They are still killers and dont deserve to be walking free among us..

Mic911
Mic911

I'm old school...do the crime, do the time! Even if it means dying in prison, these libtards are just plain friggin stupid!!! I would be willing to bet half these POS's will be back behind bars within 6 months or less. They will migrate now from NY and to that other libtard sanctuary island state California, if they don't stop else where between here and there.

Rabit1
Rabit1

This cuoma jerk is a disgrace to America and his ethnicity. Big mouth loser

Morgpond
Morgpond

Amazing that the majority are immigrants who knew how to play the game. College degree or not he played the prison game. It's not hard to figure out that taking free college courses is better than being in their cell. That's why they do it! Lastly let's see what their degrees are in? Most likely mopping 101, now what murderer wouldnt do it for release!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

F U Cuomo

USNVET
USNVET

Andrews father was a scumbag POS and Mario should have died before holding any political office and 2 of his sons are even worse then their brain dead daddy

61mouse
61mouse

Then he blames the weather the reason people are leaving NYS by the car loads

chiefd
chiefd

It will be interesting to see how many of these pardoned criminals find meaningful work, vs return to a criminal life. As for the immigrants, Cuomo should be arrested and charged with aiding and abetting illegal aliens, which is a federal felony. Come on Trump, sick the justice dept on NYC, NY and CA.

BlueHeart
BlueHeart

Those degrees were all free.... ugh... I paid for mine without loans and raised 2 kids at the same time and worked two jobs.. Oh, and I DID NOT murder anyone..... I hate Cuomo.

Deputydog1
Deputydog1

Cuomo only did this for one reason! In case there was someone in America that did not believe he was actually a moron, he just removed any doubt! He belongs in California with the other fruits and nuts!

Bigg59
Bigg59

Another Fu#&ing idiot I hope they Visit his family and his neighbor hood

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Crum-bo playing politics! Slimy low life is as crooked as a dogs hind leg!

redbird
redbird

Trump has NO obsession with immigrants. This liberal lie is beyond disgusting. He does, however, have concern for those who have ZERO regard for our immigration laws, especially the ones who would NEVER be granted legal status because of criminality or other legally excluding issues.

redbird
redbird

if they don't end up back in, it will be because their educations taught them how to avoid getting caught.

derenthala
derenthala

I'm sure they will be real productive at raising the crime rate!!!