New York Judge Releases Murder Suspect To Protect Him From Coronavirus

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State Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer released career criminal Pedro Vinent-Barcia from jail on March 26.

Manhattan, NY – A career criminal who was caught on camera stabbing his estranged girlfriend to death was released from jail by a judge who was concerned about him potentially contracting COVID-19 if he were to remain in custody.

“Is she dead? I hope so,” 63-year-old Pedro Vinent-Barcia allegedly told police when they placed him under arrest in 2018 for the brutal murder of 51-year-old Bernice Rosado, according to the New York Daily News.

Rosado’s accused killer terrorized her for months before he managed to track her down at a phone repair shop in Harlem on June 29, 2018, Assistant District Attorney Patricia Bailey said, the New York Post reported at the time.

Then Vinent-Barcia calmly walked in the shop and stabbed her three times in the back and chest.

He then nonchalantly walked out of the business, tossed the knife away, and strolled off while smoking a cigarette, according to the New York Daily News.

Rosado was bleeding heavily when police arrived at the scene.

They began administering CPR before she was rushed to Harlem Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Vinent-Barcia allegedly told police where he tossed the blood-spattered murder weapon, and the blade has been recovered.

The entire attack was captured by security cameras and occurred in front of multiple witnesses, police said.

Vinent-Barcia also allegedly stabbed a different girlfriend and bit off a portion of her ear during an attack in Florida in 1993, prosecutors told State Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer, according to the New York Post.

Despite the severity of the charge he is facing, Vinent-Barcia was one of 15 other inmates who were released from jail on March 26, after the Legal Aid Society filed a petition alleging that their pre-existing medical conditions placed them at significant risk of harm if they were to contract the novel coronavirus, the New York Post reported.

The Legal Aid Society declared that continuing to incarcerate such inmates during a pandemic violates their constitutional rights.

According to Corey Stoughton, Vinent-Barcia’s Legal Aid Society attorney, the accused murderer has been diagnosed with type II diabetes, pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular disease, the New York Post reported.

“As a result of his medical conditions and age, Mr. Vinent-Barcia is at high risk for severe illness or death if [he] contract[s] COVID-19,” Dwyer wrote in his decision to set him free.

Office of Court Administration spokesperson Lucian Chalfen said that a jury will decide whether or not Vinent-Barcia will return to a confined setting in the future, the New York Post reported.

“Clearly, Judge Dwyer felt that a jury should decide on this defendant’s fate, not a virus,” Chalfen said.

Just one day before Dwyer freed the 16 inmates, District Attorney Cyrus Vance consented to releasing 244 prisoners.

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis,” Vance told his staff in a memo. “I believe we should use our discretion to recommend release of certain individuals from Rikers who do not present a clear threat to public safety.”

“Extraordinary times call for us all to be flexible, but still to be guided by fundamental principles of safety and justice,” he added.

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Tpr365
Tpr365

“Do not present a clear threat to the public”. I wonder if the women(plural) that he has stabbed would agree. This is another liberal judge releasing dangerous criminals and not giving a shit who gets hurt or killed by his actions. Get rid of him.

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Laughriot
Laughriot

On the bright side there’s over a 60% chance whoever he hurts next is responsible for electing the type of idiots that reward criminal behavior.

chiefd
chiefd

He should have been hanged instead.

Nomoreracecards
Nomoreracecards

Thug should be placed on house arrest and required to stay in this “judge’s home!!

Laughriot
Laughriot

Hopefully his next victim will be Judge Dwyer, Cyrus Vance, or Corey Stoughton. Every time I start to feel even a little bad about what NY is going through with COVID I read about some stupid liberal bullshit like this and realize they probably deserve to be plagued off the face of the Earth.

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

Maybe we can start a a group of vigilante justice for the sake of innocent people and get rid of the garbage.. He deserves to get sick and die in prision!!

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

Bastard deserves to die in jail virus or not!! WTF is wrong with liberal judges. Hope this judge has lot's of female relatives. 😠😠

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Get rid of these piece of shit judges, maybe Pedro will find his way to the judges house and thank him.

Bubba B
Bubba B

Hold this so-called “judge” criminally RESPONSIBLE for this POS’ crimes.
He would not have been able to commit them, had he not been allowed back out on the streets, by a Leftist Libturd Ass-Whipe of a justice.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Two of the Judges's prior rulings:

Two members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group, have been sentenced to four years in prison for their roles in a street fight. State Supreme Court Judge Mark Dwyer sentenced Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 39, on Tuesday, according to the New York Times .

Supreme Court Judge Mark Dwyer sentences admitted child molester to two years.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

This judge should have him stay with family and assure him a safe space from the virus. And if people wondered why we have so many criminals on the street, thank a judge

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Cannot seem to stop the acts of extreme violence or the "lost their mind" idiot judges. Need to start a web awareness campaign alerting vacationers, business travelers, conventions, etc of cities that are emerging as a high-risk threat to civilized society. NYC data shows that in 2017 that city alone generated over $70 billion in economic impact from tourism. Drive their economy down and they will implode in their own filth.

Wolf Hunter
Wolf Hunter

If you see only the good in people, you shouldn't be a judge.

magnumforc
magnumforc

The MF should have died in prison. Idiot judges who could care less about protecting the public.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF??? His crime was caught on camera, meaning he is obviously guilty of murder!! He needs to rot in prison!! This stupid ass liberal judge needs to be his cell mate!!!

Sgt. Jayne W.
Sgt. Jayne W.

Another ignorant Judge! No wonder our country is in the shape it's in with fools like this in a position of power!


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