While disgraced former New York governor Andrew Cuomo was on the way out he made sure to pardon numerous individuals, some of which were convicted of murder while others were members of a terrorist group known as the Weather Underground.
From The Hill:
Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday commuted the sentence of a former member of the Weather Underground militant group who was behind the robbery of Brink’s armored truck in 1981.
Cuomo’s pardon of 76-year-old David Gilbert came hours before the former governor officially left office.
Gilbert was convicted of the robbery in Nyack, N.Y., that left two police officers and a security guard dead. He was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder and four counts of first-degree robbery and sentenced to 75 years in prison, and has served 40 years.
I am granting clemency to 6 people.
These individuals have shown remorse, rehabilitation and commitment to their communities.
I thank all the volunteer attorneys representing clemency applicants for their dedication and service to justice. pic.twitter.com/iotA77BzzC
— Archive: Governor Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 23, 2021
Several others that Cuomo pardoned were convicted of murder, but according to Cuomo these individuals have been rehabilitated and are ready to reenter society.