NY bill could allow some inmates to be eligible for parole at age 55

A proposed state law could allow certain prison inmates to be eligible for parole once they reach age 55 and have served at least 15 years of their sentence.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2019, 2:15 AM

Updated 1,856 days ago

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A proposed state law could allow certain prison inmates to be eligible for parole once they reach age 55 and have served at least 15 years of their sentence.
Nancy Wingender's 25-year-old daughter Deanna was beaten to death with a hammer by Raphael Oyague in 2016. Last year, Oyague, after pleading guilty to the murder, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. But if the proposed "Elder Parole" bill becomes law, Oyague would be eligible for parole in 18 years.
Wingender, of Syosset, calls the proposal "ridiculous."
The measure is sponsored by Assemblyman David Weprin, of Queens, and state Sen. Brad Hoylman, of Manhattan. According to the legislation, the parole board would have to assess the prisoner's potential risk to society as part of its decision on the individual's release. Weprin and Hoylman say that allowing those individuals to be eligible for parole would save the state money without endangering public safety.
Wingender says the bill is a slap in the face to family members of murder victims.
Weprin and Hoylman were not available for an interview.
Wingender and other family members of murder victims say they're planning to fight the measure by calling on their state representatives to vote against the bill.


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