Gov. Cuomo gave a New 12 months’s present of clemency to 61 individuals Wednesday, together with a convicted assassin whose uncle is a tv star.
Whereas the majority of Cuomo’s pardons went to non-violent offenders — together with many who now face immigration points due to their previous convictions — the governor additionally commuted the sentence of Dominic Dupont, a 39-year-old Brooklyn native who has served 20 years of a 25-year sentence for homicide and felony possession of a weapon.
Dupont’s uncle is actor Michael Okay. Williams, who is maybe greatest recognized for roles within the HBO exhibits “The Wire,” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
Administration officers insisted Cuomo’s determination was based mostly on Dupont’s intensive work as a youth counselor at Inexperienced Haven Correctional Facility and had nothing to do together with his well-known uncle.
“He had the respect of all people there,” Anthony Annucci, appearing commissioner of the Division of Corrections and Group Supervision, advised the Each day Information about Dupont.
Annucci famous that it was Inexperienced Haven Superintendent Thomas Griffin who first really helpful Dupont for clemency.
“Within the time I’ve recognized him he has displayed private development and thru his actions demonstrates optimistic management qualities and habits for different inmates,” Griffin mentioned in an announcement.
Administration officers mentioned the costs towards Dupont stemmed from a combat between two teams of males and he was defending his twin brother.
Williams was not instantly out there for remark however has spoken about his nephew in prior interviews.
“If there have been such a time period as a mannequin prisoner, he’d be the poster boy,” Williams advised NPR in 2016. “You understand, he went in at a really early age. He defended his twin brother in a combat, they usually acquired jumped. And a gun went off, and somebody misplaced their life by the hands of my nephew.”
Williams famous his nephew’s work mentoring fellow inmates, “whether or not it is a HIV/AIDS program or Scared Straight program.”
Officers mentioned Dupont’s precise launch will doubtless be launched in late January. He’s anticipated to affix his spouse in Brooklyn and proceed work as an at-risk youth counselor.
Additionally receiving a commuted sentence Wednesday was Michael Flournoy, 42, who has served 21 years for tried homicide and different expenses. Cuomo cited his “robust document of rehabilitation and volunteer service” and famous that he has over time cultivated a deep friendship together with his supposed sufferer.
Of the pardons Cuomo granted Wednesday, 18 went to non-violent offenders who’d already completed their sentences however are actually confronted with potential deportation.
Amongst them was 57-year-old Lorena Borjas, who was convicted of misdemeanor felony facilitation in 1994 however has since grow to be an advocate for transgender and immigrant communities. Her pardon request was backed by a number of elected officers, together with Public Advocate Letitia James.
Cuomo additionally granted pardons to 39 New Yorkers who had been convicted of non-violent crimes as teenagers. The pardons are supposed to take away obstacles to employment posed by the prior conviction.
“These New Yorkers have proved their rehabilitation, in some instances for many years, however have been unable to realize authorized standing or absolutely reenter society because of the stigma of conviction,” Cuomo mentioned. “Whereas the federal authorities continues to focus on immigrants and threatens to tear households aside with deportation, these actions take a vital step towards a extra simply, extra honest and extra compassionate New York.”