WESTFIELD, NY (WNY News Now) – While the release of a convicted Cattaraugus County killer is temporarily on hold, his history of violence and drug use while serving his sentence, is very concerning for many in the Western New York community.
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Edward Kindt was convicted for the 1999 brutal rape and murder of Penny Brown, a wife, mother and nurse-midwife from Salamanca.
On Mother’s Day, while she was out jogging with her two dogs, brown was ambushed.
“He strangled her with the dog’s leash, raped her, and killed her,” explained Borrello. “He didn’t know her, anyone who can do that at 15 have evil in their heart.”
Kindt is due for release Wednesday, after serving time at Elmira Correctional Facility.
“He’s been convicted of lude behavior, exposing himself to women, fashioning weapons, drugs and alcohol, so he’s violating the contraband,” continued Borrello. “He has been a bad prisoner.”
Senator Borrello is among many pushing to revoke parole.
“At the time he was convicted, the maximum sentenced he could receive was nine years to life, which is what he got,” said Borrello. “But there is a part of the parole rules that says, the seriousness of the crime that was committed is reason enough to denied parole. In this case, the parole board is ignoring that.”
Originally, Kindt was expected to be released in a Chautauqua County community, however the Senator is lobbying against the placement.
“All of these soft on crime laws, all of this criminal calling comes out of New York City, release him in New York City where he can disappear,” explained Borrello. “Preferably near the homes of the two out of the three members of this parole board panel that voted to release him, that feel he’s safe to return to society, let him live near them, that, that to me is justice.”
In 2003 ‘Penny’s Law’ was passed closing a loophole that raised the sentence for 14 and 15-year-olds convicted of second-degree murder.