Christopher Thomas, the gunner behind in 1984, the “Palm Sunday Massacre” which left 10 people dead, was released from prison in January.
(New York State Parole Board )
The gunner behind in 1984, the “Palm Sunday Massacre” that left 10 people dead and was considered one of New York’s biggest mass-executions in decades, was quietly released from prison in January.
Christopher Thomas, 68, was released from the Shawangunk Correctional facility on Jan. 5 and is believed to reside in Queens, new york, the New York Post reported. He was released after serving two thirds of his 50-year maximum sentence, good behavior and meet other criteria, New York State Department of Corrections spokesman said.
“The parole board did not let him,” the spokesman said. “He had five appearances before the parole board and was denied, at any time. He does not need the approval of the board because he had served two-thirds.”
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Thomas was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 to 50 years in 1985, after the massacre. He was able to avoid a murder rap, because it was determined his heavy cocaine use “contributed to his actions,” the New York Post reported.
The only motive for the murder was never determined.
On palm Sunday in 1984, Thomas shot and killed 10 people in an apartment in Brooklyn. Thomas was involved in a dispute with the apartment owner, convicted drug dealer, Enrique Bermudez. The victims of the killing were Bermudez, a pregnant wife, another adult woman and eight children.
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A person survived the shooting, a toddler with the name Christina Rivera, who is adopted by a police officer, which stood on the site of the massacre, The New York Times reported.
Ray Kellly, the former commissioner of the New York Police Department [NYPD] said Thomas’ “heinous crime are guaranteed the maximum punishment.”
Retired POLICE Lt. Herbert Hans told the New York Post that Thomas does not deserve to be free.
“He does not deserve to be on the street. He killed poor, innocent children,” Hohmann said.