NEW YORK – A man who killed 10 people in 1984 in one of New York’s most notorious bloodbath is released from prison.
The New York Times reports that Christopher Thomas was released in January of Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill, New York.
Thomas killed eight children and two women in a crime known as the Palm Sunday Massacre. The only survivor was a 13-month-old girl with the name Christina Rivera.
One of the first police officers to arrive at the massacre scene in Brooklyn, Joanne Jaffe, made for the toddler that evening and later helped to raise her.
Jaffe rose to the highest female head of the police in the New York Police Department before this year.
She told the Times that she hopes Thomas is rehabilitated “and does not hurt anyone else.”
Retired Lieutenant. Herbert Hohmann, who led the study, told the New York Post that Thomas “doesn’t deserve to be on the street.”
The now 68-year-old Thomas was convicted of murder in 1985. Some members of the jury said at the time that they convicted him of manslaughter, not of murder, because Thomas’ heavy use of cocaine was a factor in the crimes.
The law allows covered Thomas’ sentence in 50 years. The prison officials said that with time off for good behavior, he was eligible for release after serving two-thirds of that time.