SALAMANCA, NY (WNY News Now) – A convicted Cattaraugus County killer up for parole has been released to a downstate New York community following pushback and outrage from many in Western New York.
Senator George Borrello says murderer and rapist Edward Kindt was released in Dutchess County Thursday. Borrello learned the news from the Department of Correction and Community Supervision’s Acting Commissioner.
Kindt was convicted for the 1999 brutal rape and murder of Penny Brown from Salamanca. On Mother’s Day, while she was out jogging with her two dogs, brown was ambushed, assaulted and raped by the then teen.
The now 39-year-old was due for release Wednesday, after serving time at Elmira Correctional Facility. However, many, including State Senator George Borrello, pushed back demanding he would not be resettled in our region.
“While I am glad he has not been released into the community where he caused so much pain, this sexual predator and murderer remains a threat to the safety of all New Yorkers and should be spending the rest of his natural life behind bars,” wrote Senator Borrello in a statement. “Governor Hochul has stated that her number one priority is to keep New Yorkers safe. If she means that, then she needs to clean house at the pro-criminal New York State Parole Board whose decisions have grossly undermined justice and public safety.”
“In the last five years, more than two dozen cold-blooded cop killers have been released, along with countless vicious murderers and rapists like Edward Kindt,” continued Borrello. “We need Parole Board members who will choose public safety over politics.”
As a result of Kindt’s crime, a 2003 bill known as ‘Penny’s Law’ was passed closing a loophole that raised the sentence for 14 and 15-year-olds convicted of second-degree murder.