Andrew Cuomo, now the former Governor of New York, just pulled a Gavin Newsom by releasing violent felons. Literally, in his last hours as governor, Cuomo commuted the sentences of David Gilbert, the father of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Gilbert was a part of the infamous Weather Underground and was involved in an armored car robbery that left three people dead. Cuomo also commuted the sentences of Lawrence Penn, a huckster who stole 9.3 million from investors and spent it on luxury cars, racking up credit card debt, and high-end real estate, as well as Greg Mingo, Robert Ehrenberg, Ulysses Boyd, and Paul Clark.
This was done suddenly, mere hours before Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would be sworn in.
From the Daily Mail UK:
Outgoing NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has been blasted by victims’ groups for commuting the murder sentence of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s dad over an armored car robbery that killed three.
Cuomo announced he was commuting the prison sentences of David Gilbert, 76, Greg Mingo, 68, Robert Ehrenberg, 62, Ulysses Boyd, 66, and Paul Clark, 59, on Monday night.
All five have murder convictions, with Gilbert – Boudin’s father – the only killer still being held in custody over a deadly 1981 hold-up of a Brinks cash truck, that left a security guard and two cops dead.
Chesa Boudin took to Twitter to express his joy, and share photos of the time he had with his father before his incarceration:
Me and my dad in one of our last precious moment of freedom together. pic.twitter.com/ZaOYdn1tx4
— Chesa Boudin 博徹思 (@chesaboudin) August 24, 2021
You would think Boudin’s heart would also break for the families in his own district who have been victimized by the crime he has allowed to flourish as San Francisco District Attorney. This is why the people of San Francisco are working to recall him.
Attorney and National Review writer Dan McLaughlin noted the total disregard in Cuomo’s last act:
Cuomo giving clemency to David Gilbert, a left-wing Weather Underground terrorist, participant in the murderous Brink's armored car heist, & the father of SF DA Chesa Boudin, is a giant middle finger to NY law enforcement & every decent New Yorker. https://t.co/zsD5ECP5bg
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) August 24, 2021
The officials of Rockland, where Gilbert committed his crimes, are none too happy either.
But the clemency was received with backlash from elected officials in Rockland and family of the victims.
The Rockland County Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has opposed to previous attempts of clemency for Gilbert.
State Assemblyman Michael Lawler said the commutation was a ‘disgusting betrayal to the people of Rockland County, the families of Peter Paigere, Edward O’Grady, and Waverly Brown, and law enforcement officers everywhere.’
This October will mark the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Brink’s robbery, in which Gilbert and his wife, Kathy Boudin were involved.
Kathy Boudin fired the shots that killed the two cops, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison but was released in 2003.
Cuomo’s commutation means that Gilbert’s 75 year sentence has been reduced to 40 years time served, with him now referred to a parole board so he can be considered for release.
Explaining the decision to pardon Gilbert, Cuomo said his convictions ‘were related to an incident in which he was the driver, not the murderer.
That is peak Cuomo: any excuse to justify his actions. This is not far off the mark from the horrible comment he made when he was confronted with the consequences of his executive order to pack COVID positive patients into senior and assisted care homes. This action resulted in the death of thousands of senior citizens, including the in-laws of Fox News Meteorologist Janice Dean.
“Who cares [if they] died in the hospital, died in a nursing home? They died”, Cuomo said.
Another final, and heartless act Cuomo committed today was leaving his dog behind at the Governor’s Mansion.
As the saying goes, “Don’t let the doorknob hit you on the way out.”