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Cuomo spends his final hours as governor commuting sentences of 5 convicted murderers

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Now-former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “debased himself” on his final night in office by commuting the sentence of a criminal who was part of a deadly 1981 robbery in which two police officers and a security guard were killed, according to one local government official.

In his last hours in office, Cuomo also commuted the sentences of four other men who were locked up on murder convictions and issued one pardon, according to the New York Post.

Cuomo resigned effective at midnight Monday due to the fallout over a report from New York State Attorney General Letitia James that accused Cuomo of sexually harassing 11 women. He has been succeeded by former Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Hochul, a fellow Democrat.

Before stepping down, he used his power to make David Gilbert, 76, eligible for parole. Gilbert was among the members of the Weather Underground convicted in the 1981 robbery of a Brink’s armored truck in Nyack, New York, that left Nyack police Sgt. Edward O’Grady, police Officer Waverly Brown and Brink’s guard Peter Paige dead.

Gilbert was sentenced to 75 years to life in prison with no possibility of parole until 2056. Cuomo’s action does not free Gilbert, but sets the stage for the parole board to consider freeing him.

“It’s absurd,” said Arthur Keenan Jr., a retired Nyack police detective who was wounded in the shootout, according to The New York Times.

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