Parolee Kindt Is Released, But Not Coming To County
A convicted murderer who was released on parole will not be locating to Chautauqua County after all.
In a news release, state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, announced Thursday that Edward Kindt was being released to Dutchess County. “In a call this morning with the Department of Correction and Community Supervision Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci, I learned that killer Edward Kindt has been released on parole to an undisclosed location in Dutchess County,” Borrello said. “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.”
Earlier this week, The Post-Journal and OBSERVER reported that Kindt was being moved to a hotel in Westfield. That plan sparked plenty of outrage from both Borrello and residents in the county.
Kindt was convicted of murdering Salamanca’s Penny Brown in 2000. On Mother’s Day 1999, while she was out jogging with her two dogs on a nature trail near her home, she was ambushed and sexually assaulted by Kindt, who ultimately strangled her with her dog’s leash.
Because he was 15 at the time of the killing, he was spared a life term on his plea to second-degree murder and sentenced to nine years to life in prison, the maximum sentence available for a juvenile at the time.
“Governor Hochul has stated that her number one priority is to keep New Yorkers safe,” Borrello said. “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. We need Parole Board members who will choose public safety over politics.”