closeVideoMan convicted of Paula Bohovesky’s murder set to be released from prison
To block calls mount for New York Gov. Cuomo’s release of the convicted murderer.
A former New York Governor on Tuesday invited his successor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the intervention in the controversial decision by the state parole board sentenced to release a man who brutally kills a 16-year-old girl decades ago.
Former Gov. George Pataki called the recent decision to grant Richard-Live parole is a “gross injustice” and said Cuomo “is the parole board to reverse this terrible decision.”
Live, 66, was convicted in 1981 of second-degree murder for the killing of Paula Bohovesky, who was attacked, beaten, and sexually and stabbed to death as she walked home from a library in a quiet hamlet of Pearl River, NY, 30 miles North of New York City.
Paula Bohovesky was brutally murdered in 1980.
Live and another man, Robert McCain, were sentenced to 25 years to life for the 1980 murder of the hardest set in this time. Last month, a parole board of Cuomo’s officer informed the family that Live will be released in July – a move that advocates the shocked victims, the state legislature and a city that never cured of the wild murdering Bohovesky, an honor student, aspiring actress, and a gifted artist. McCain, 58, is set to go before the same parole board this week.
“The granting of parole to Richard-Live for the brutal murder of this young girl is a scandal,” Pataki said Tuesday in a statement to Fox News.
To intervene in former Gov. George Pataki, right, called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in the of prisoners before planned release.
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“With a vicious killer like this, which has shown no remorse, on the road should never happen, in New York State,” he said. “This decision should be reversed.”
Only three States – Maryland, Oklahoma and California allow governors to reverse a parole board’s decision. But, Pataki and others, including state legislators and Bohovesky family, said Cuomo should pressure on the parole board to review its decision.
Paula Bohovesky, 16, pictured here in an undated photo.
“If Governor Cuomo can do anything, please, for God’s sake, reverse the decision,” the girl’s mother, Lois Bohovesky, told Fox News in an interview from her Pearl River home earlier this month.
“The coroner said he’d never said attack so brutal,” Bohovesky. “None of them has shown any remorse-and none of them has taken responsibility.”
She added, “What is to prevent you doing it again?”
Paula Bohovesky’s mother, Lois, was outraged by the parole board’s decision.
A request for comment from Cuomo’s office was not immediately returned on Wednesday.
In a statement to Fox News, Thomas Mailey, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, said: “The New York State Board of Parole, as the only body which reviews and determines parole eligibility, is an independent body whose members were confirmed by the Senate.”
Mailey also said, “with the law, before you make a final decision, the members of the management Board must follow the legal requirements, which takes into account many factors, including the statements of the victims and the families of the victims, as well as an individual’s criminal history, institutional performance, potential, and successfully reintegrate into the community, and the perceived threat to public safety.”
The details of the Bohovesky’s murder were brutal.
Robert McCain, left, and Richard Live, right.
Shortly after 7 a.m. on Oct. 28, 1980, the girl left her part-time job at the Pearl River library and went through the center of the city in the direction of their home on Hunt Street. The teenager was in a block of the house of your parents, if Live, and McCain – both of whom had been drinking at the High Wheeler bar in the vicinity – noticed your crossing an intersection. McCain is fast catching up Bohovesky and crushed the right side of your skull with a piece of sidewalk, he grabbed from the floor. He dragged you behind an abandoned house and sexually attacked, while Live watched, according to police.
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To believe that Bohovesky was dead, Live and then tried to sexually the child, attack, investigators said. If you are stirred, to his surprise, Live, stabbed her with a knife five times in the back, killing her, police told Fox News.
In its decision, the parole board, The panel wrote: “the view that the brutality of your instant offense, where you and your co-proposed defendants and stabbed the 16-year-old female victim.”
The Board also wrote, “During her interview, she expressed, seemed to be, sincere repentance, and their entire data set reflects not only low (risk to the community), but the maturity in the almost 39 years in prison.”
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The Bohovesky case has sparked a major debate on the reform of the penal system. Many Republican lawmakers have claimed the government is determined to reduce the prison population, and has adopted a system to put the criminal before the victim.
Many in Pearl River, meanwhile, said she will not stop fighting to keep Bohovesky killers is in prison for a crime that changed a town forever.
Abigail Bohovesky, the victim’s only niece, has to Say a “Something” campaign urges Cuomo to weigh in on the parole Board for its decision. On the coming Saturday, a vigil and a silent protest takes place in the streets of Pearl River blocks from where Bohovesky died.
“I was at my friend Katie’s house, when Lois, Paula’s mother, came running and asked if anyone had seen Paula,” said Patricia Strong, a former classmate of the Bohovesky.
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“I’ll never forget the look on her face is one of panic and terror,” Strong told Fox News. “It’s emblazoned in my head. As a mother now, I know what you think and feel. It was pure horror.”
She continued, “To believe that you can murder a child in such a vile and evil way and get a day and see the freedom of is immense.”