MATTER OF ROGER L. (PAROLE RELEASE REPRESENTATION)
Tribunal: New York State Board of Parole, Albany New York
Underlying Conviction: Murder in the Second Degree (2 counts)
Details: Client was convicted at the age of 19 of participating in two brutal felony (robbery) murders involving two separate store robberies in 1980. He was originally sentenced to an indefinite term of imprisonment of from fifteen (15) years to life. After being denied nine separate times for parole release and after serving 33 years in jail, the client’s family retained me to advocate for his release. Citing the recent changes to the Executive Law and the Division of Parole’s regulations pertaining to the proper focus for release consideration, we were able to establish to the Board’s satisfaction that the client no longer posed a substantial risk to the community and was not likely to violate the conditions of his release. He has been released to live with his family.