State Sen. Fred Akshar, R-Endwell, has issued a statement regarding the parole this week of Richard LaBarbera, who brutally killed a 16-year-old girl in Rockland County in 1980 as she walked home from the library.
The lawmaker said Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appointed Parole Board is out of control. Every single New Yorker should be outraged by the despicable actions of this board, said Akshar. He continued to say when the state’s parole board consistently gives more consideration to vicious murders than to the families of their victims, it sends the message that their priorities are completely out of touch with what New Yorkers want. Akshar is asking that the Governor condemn the actions of the Parole Board and ask them to reconsider their decision.
Akshar is not alone in criticizing the Parole Board for releasing a convicted killer. Here’s a story from CBS News about the controversial decision that has drawn criticism across the state — extremely disgusting, shame on Cuomo, madness.
PEARL RIVER, N.Y. (CBS) – Despite never taking responsibility for the brutal killing of Rockland County teen Paula Bohovesky, her convicted murderer has been granted parole. Richard LaBarbera is one of two men imprisoned for killing the 16-year-old as she walked home from the Pearl River Library on Oct. 28, 1980. LaBarbera and Robert McCain were both found guilty of the murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in jail. Charges that the men allegedly raped the teen during the heinous attack were never brought to trial.
LaBarbera, of Rockland County, reportedly continues to blame McCain for the murder and has not accepted responsibility for his role – a common prerequisite before a criminal is released.
“Neither of these convicts have ever repented for their crimes. To this day, they blame one another for the heinous torture and murder of an innocent teenager,” senate Republican leader John Flanagan said in a fiery statement Wednesday. “Shame on the Parole Board, shame on Governor Cuomo, and shame on the Democrats in the state Legislature for allowing this madness to continue.”
Rockland County Executive Ed Day also slammed the shocking parole decision, telling local reporters he thought the release of LaBarbera was “extremely disgusting.”