Judith Clark, who was part of a violent left-wing movement and participated in a fatal botched robbery of a Brink’s armored car in 1981 in New York state, was denied parole despite the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who commuted her sentence last year, reports the New York Times. Clark, 67, has served 35 years of a minimum 75-year sentence for her role in the notorious crime, which left a guard and two police officers dead. She will not be eligible for parole again until April 2019.
The no-parole decision was a blow for Cuomo. The governor took the politically risky decision to commute her sentence, making her eligible for parole, saying that she had made “exceptional strides in self-development.” Cuomo aides said that while he was impressed with her rehabilitation, he could have had her immediately released. Instead, he chose to simply make her eligible for parole. “Judith Clark deserved the opportunity to make her case for parole based on her extensive prison programming, her perfect disciplinary record while incarcerated, and impressive self-development over the past 35 years,” said Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever. “The commutation afforded her that opportunity and we respect the parole board’s decision.” The three board members voted unanimously against parole.