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  • Shock over release of the Palm Sunday Massacre killer

    This POS should never walk among the living again
    Killed 10 people, mostly children tried to rape his own mother, today he is a free man.
    The retired NYPD police chief who adopted the lone survivor of the notorious Palm Sunday Massacre said Sunday that she couldn’t believe the gunman had been released on parole.

    Joanne Jaffe — until last year the highest-ranking female police chief in the NYPD — was among the first responders to the horrific crime scene at a home in East New York, Brooklyn, in 1984.

    Out of his mind on cocaine, Christopher Thomas had shot and killed eight children and two women. Only an 11-month-old toddler named Christina survived.

    The baby ended up in Jaffe’s arms — 14 years later, Christina would move in with the officer.

    Jaffe formally adopted Christina in 2013.

    It emerged Friday that Thomas had been released from prison on parole in January.

    “This guy killed 10 people and I can’t believe he is free. But he is free and I hope he’s rehabilitated,” Jaffe told the Daily News.

    She said she was reluctant to speak at length about Thomas’ release out of respect for Christina, who had not yet spoken publicly about the killer’s freedom.

    “I never thought back then that he would get out,” said Jaffe, who was the community affairs chief.

    “I didn’t think he would get out from murdering 10 people.”

    Asked if she had anything to add, Jaffe had only one message: “I love my daughter dearly.”

    Efforts to reach Thomas, 68, were unsuccessful.

    He was convicted of manslaughter instead of murder because the jury found that he’d carried out the massacre under the influence of drugs and extreme emotional distress.

    The ex-con was addicted to freebase cocaine for two years before committing one of New York’s most notorious mass shootings.

    Cops arriving at the bloodbath found the television on and one victim holding a spoon in her hand. Christina was on the floor covered in blood.

    All the victims were shot in the head at close range, cops said.

    Thomas was linked to the massacre about a month later — while he was in custody for allegedly sodomizing and attempting to rape his mother.

    He also served three years in prison after a 1970 attempted murder conviction.

    A judge gave Thomas 10 sentences of 81/3 to 25 years in prison for a total of 83 to 250 years, telling him he should serve “every single day, hour and minute.”

    But state law maxed out the sentence at 50 years, making Thomas eligible for release after serving two-thirds of that time, along with credit for good behavior.

    The state law governing release for good behavior has since changed. Under current rules, Thomas wouldn’t have been eligible until he’d served six-sevenths of his sentence.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...WHF?li=BBnbcA1
    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

  • #2
    The justice system is yet another failed American institution.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
      The justice system is yet another failed American institution.
      Justice????
      "Ask not what your country can do for you"

      Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

      you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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      • #4
        More bull$hit from our so called justice system

        “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” -- Albert Einstein

        The US Constitution doesn't need to be rewritten it needs to be reread

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        • #5
          Seems bizarre that he wasn't convicted of murder. And I thought the US was supposed to be tough on crime. Pity he didn't have an 'accident' while inside.
          "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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          • #6
            Actually he was convicted of a crime(s) and sent away for a long time. Because the crimes he was convicted for were less than murder some idiot applied that law to cut his sentence to 50 years and let him be eligible for parole and get time off for good behavior. The Prosecutors still notch this up as a "win". They should change the law allowing reductions of sentences, but that is a state matter and Governor "Moonbeam" Brown has lots more important things he wants to do.

            Pruitt
            Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

            Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

            by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Surrey View Post
              Seems bizarre that he wasn't convicted of murder. And I thought the US was supposed to be tough on crime. Pity he didn't have an 'accident' while inside.
              He should have been. Using illegal drugs does not excuse behavior for mental conditions. The argument is that you chose to use the drugs and you have to suffer the consequences.

              Here, the prosecution, or courts, allowed this guy to slide saying the drug use made him crazy and he wasn't mentally competent when he committed the crime. That's insane in itself... But, it is New York...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
                They should change the law allowing reductions of sentences, but that is a state matter and Governor "Moonbeam" Brown has lots more important things he wants to do.

                Pruitt
                What does the governor of California have to do with a sentence for a murder in New York City?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by johns624 View Post
                  What does the governor of California have to do with a sentence for a murder in New York City?
                  You are right! Substitute the current NY Governor for ole Moonbeam.

                  Pruitt
                  Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                  Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                  by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Surrey View Post
                    Seems bizarre that he wasn't convicted of murder. And I thought the US was supposed to be tough on crime. Pity he didn't have an 'accident' while inside.
                    He served 34 years, more than half his life, for manslaughter.

                    If you don't think that's tough, perhaps you don't understand what tough is.

                    People forget: for every person you send to prison in a given security classification, one in the same security classification has to come out.

                    He was convicted of manslaughter because in New York being stoned out of your gourd is a mitigating factor. That isn't true in most states.
                    Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by johns624 View Post
                      What does the governor of California have to do with a sentence for a murder in New York City?
                      They abuse the same psychotropic medications?

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                      • #12
                        Murder 8 women and children, rape several others, sodomize his own mother before beating her.
                        What the heck, he’s been a model citizen when in a cell.....let bygones be bygones.....
                        Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
                          Murder 8 women and children, rape several others, sodomize his own mother before beating her.
                          What the heck, he’s been a model citizen when in a cell.....let bygones be bygones.....
                          Worse guys get released every year. Very few serve actual life sentences.

                          Prisons are finite in size and category; you send up a max security convict, you have to parole a max security inmate.

                          No matter how you slice it, every newly convicted murderer means a paroled murderer.

                          There's enough turnover in minimum and medium so that doesn't come into play as much in those areas, but when it comes to max security you don't have many empty beds.
                          Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
                            Worse guys get released every year. Very few serve actual life sentences.

                            Prisons are finite in size and category; you send up a max security convict, you have to parole a max security inmate.

                            No matter how you slice it, every newly convicted murderer means a paroled murderer.

                            There's enough turnover in minimum and medium so that doesn't come into play as much in those areas, but when it comes to max security you don't have many empty beds.
                            How much worse can a person get?
                            Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
                              How much worse can a person get?
                              Quite a bit, IME.

                              But the point is that they have to clear beds somehow, and prison systems like to cut loose inmates who are mid-50s and older because their costs start spiraling upwards at that age due to medical costs.
                              Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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