A intercourse fiend who killed a teenage lady in Rockland County gained parole on his ninth attempt — and now native officers are scrambling to make sure the “monster” by no means returns anyplace close to the scene of his crime.
Robert McCain, 60, is about to be sprung from jail in August, following a latest resolution by the state Parole Board in connection along with his homicide conviction within the grisly, 1980 stabbing of 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky in Pearl River.
The transfer adopted final 12 months’s launch of co-defendant Richard LaBarbera, whose situations of parole ban him from Rockland, the place Bohovesky’s mother, Lois Bohovesky, nonetheless lives in Pearl River.
LaBarbera, 61, was additionally required to put on a GPS ankle monitor to make sure compliance.
In an announcement, Rockland County Govt Ed Day urged the Parole Board to impose comparable restrictions on McCain, calling him “a monster who doesn’t need to stroll free on our streets whereas our group nonetheless suffers from the loss and ache he induced.”
Day and Assemblyman Mike Lawler (R-Pearl River) additionally plan to seem in Pearl River on Thursday to publicly demand that the complete Parole Board resign or be eliminated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“That is one other in a protracted checklist of horrendous selections by the Parole Board, releasing unrepentant murderers, rapists and cop-killers over the previous couple of years,” Lawler stated Monday.
“They’ve overlooked what their mission is.”
Lawler added: “This resolution — approaching the heels of the discharge of Richard LaBarbera — is an entire slap within the face of Lois Bohovesky, their household and the complete group.”
Paula, a highschool honors scholar, was strolling house from her part-time job on the Pearl River Public Library on Oct. 28, 1980, when McCain and LaBarbera noticed her from inside a neighborhood bar the place they’d spent the day ingesting.
Paula was simply two blocks from her home when McCain hurled a bit of pavement at her head and beat her, after which the 2 males dragged her behind a vacant home to sexually assault her.
Throughout the vicious assault, LaBarbera stabbed Paula 5 instances within the again and her battered physique was discovered face-down close to a pool of blood the following morning, together with her denims pulled down round her ankles.
Each males had been convicted of second-degree homicide following a trial in 1981 and obtained most jail phrases of 25 years to life.
Former Rockland County Legislator John Murphy, whose daughter was a classmate of Paula’s, stated Lois Bohovesky realized in regards to the Parole Board’s resolution relating to McCain on Saturday and was too shaken to debate it with a reporter.
“We converse to one another day by day. We had breakfast this morning,” he stated.
“She’s not doing good, she’s 89 years outdated and this information got here to her two days after her 89th birthday.”
Murphy stated he and different group members suspect the choice to free McCain was “a results of the state technique to not maintain older prisoners in jail.”
“We predict it was an financial resolution,” he stated.
“We predict authorities has modified its insurance policies and selections about all the pieces — considered one of them was [ending] bail — and this was altering their coverage towards individuals who have served their minimal and [are] in superior ages.”
In a ready assertion, the state Division of Corrections and Group Supervision stated that the Parole Board base their selections on the state Govt Regulation and “observe the statutory necessities,” which embrace contemplating whether or not a convict can “efficiently reintegrate into the group” and poses a “threat to public security.”
“The Parole Board has no additional remark,” the assertion stated.