The gunman behind the 1984 Palm Sunday massacre, which killed 10 people and was considered one of the biggest mass shootings in New York, was released from jail in January.
Christopher Thomas, 68, was released from the Shawangunk Correctional Facility on January 5 and is believed to be living in Queens, NY, the New York Post reported. He was released after he had met about two-thirds of his 50-year maximum sentence, good manners and other criteria, said a spokesman for the New York State Department of Corrections.
"The parole board did not dismiss him," the spokesman said. "He had five appearances before the parole board and was rejected each time, and he does not need the board's approval because he served two-thirds."
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Thomas was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 to 50 years in 1985, following the massacre. He was able to avoid a Mordraz because it was determined that his heavy cocaine use had "contributed to his actions," the New York Post reported.
One motive for killing has never been determined. On Palm Sunday, 1984, Thomas shot and killed 10 people in a Brooklyn apartment. Thomas was involved in a dispute with homeowner convicted drug dealer Enrique Bermudez. The victims of the killing were Bermudez's pregnant wife, another adult wife and eight children.
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 One person survived the shootout, a toddler named Christina Rivera, who was adopted by a police officer At the crime scene, the New York Times reported
Ray Kellly, the former commissioner of the New York City Police Department [NYPD] said Thomas & # 39; "abominable crime guarantees the maximum punishment."
Retired NYPD Lt. Herbert Hohmann told The New York Post that Thomas does not deserve to be free.
"He does not deserve to be the street, he killed poor, innocent children," Hohmann said.