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As one of his final acts on Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo actually resigned and filed the filing around 8:50 p.m., just hours before Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul took office at midnight. But just before filing his three-hour notice, Cuomo issued five transfers and a pardon – including a converted sentence for David Gilbert, a former member of the Weather Underground and father of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who served 75 for 40 years life imprisonment for second degree murder.
Gilbert, a member of the far-left group identified by the FBI as a local terrorist, drove the getaway car in an armed robbery of a Brink’s truck in Rockland County in 1981, stole $ 1.6 million in cash and killed two police officers and a security guard inside the armored vehicle. For his role in the robbery, the 76-year-old has served four decades of a 75-year prison sentence for murder and robbery. Gilbert is the father of Chesa Boudin, who was elected District Attorney for San Francisco in 2019. Boudin grew up in prison with both parents. His mother was also involved in the robbery and was imprisoned until 2003, in spite of “the same culpability”, as the progressive public prosecutor calls it.
Gilbert is currently being held in the Shawangunk Correctional Facility maximum security; While behind bars, he helped set up an AIDS education program that served as a nationwide model in the early years of the crisis, the Albany Times Union notes. With Cuomo’s pardon, Gilbert can now appear before the parole board for a possible release. Two years ago, Cuomo granted probation to another Weather Underground member, Judith Clark, who was also involved in the Brink robbery, when she was driving another getaway car.
On Monday evening, Cuomo also commuted the sentences of four other inmates who had spent at least 28 years in prison and pardoned a veteran who forged business records. Cuomo, who faces allegations of sexual harassment of 11 alleged victims, will officially resign at midnight, after which his Lieutenant Kathy Hochul will be sworn in as the first female governor in New York history.
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