ALBANY, NY (WETM) – In his last day in office Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo commuted the sentences of four people, referred a case to the parole board and fully pardoned one person.
Governor Cuomo’s resignation is expected to take effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will be sworn in as governor Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.
“The march towards a fairer, more equitable and more empathetic New York State is a long one, but every step forward can be useful and important,” Governor Cuomo said. “These mercies clearly show the power of redemption, encourage those who have made mistakes to engage in meaningful rehabilitation, and show New Yorkers that we can work for a better future. I thank all the volunteer lawyers representing the pardon seekers for their dedication and service to justice. “
David Gilbert, 76, was convicted of three counts of second degree murder and four counts of first degree theft in 1983. He served 40 years of a 75 year life sentence, linked to an incident in which he was the driver, not the murderer. While incarcerated, Gilbert made significant contributions to AIDS education and prevention programs. He has also worked as a student tutor, law library clerk, paralegal assistant, teaching assistant and aide for various additional facility programs. At present, Gilbert is the only individual still incarcerated without the possibility of parole during his lifetime. He will be referred to the Parole Board for possible release.
Greg Mingo, 68, was convicted of four counts of second degree murder, first degree robbery, first degree burglary and second degree criminal possession of a weapon. He served 39 and a half years of a 50-year life sentence. While incarcerated, Mingo obtained his GED and paralegal certification, enabling him to assist over a thousand other incarcerated people with their legal affairs, and designed an eight-week legal research course that he completed. taught for years at Elmira and Great Meadow. Mingo has also become a dedicated and respected peer counselor — founder of programs focused on fatherhood, family relationships, violence and domestic abuse — and has facilitated thousands of hours of counseling programs. Upon her release, Mingo plans to live with her family and work as a full-time counselor helping those struggling with drug addiction, anger and domestic violence.
Robert Ehrenberg, 62, was convicted of two counts of second degree murder and one count of first degree theft and first degree burglary. He served 28 and a half years of a 50-year life sentence. While incarcerated, Ehrenberg earned an Associate’s Degree from SUNY Sullivan and a Bachelor of Science from St. Thomas Aquinas College, earning his Class Major for both degrees. Ehrenberg worked as a tutor in the Hudson Link College program and, in this role, designed and taught a 16-week pre-college basic algebra course. Ehrenberg has also been a leader in charity groups that raise funds for causes such as college scholarships, pediatric cancer research, and animal and sanctuary rescue efforts. Upon his release, Ehrenberg plans to continue his education and volunteer work.
Ulysses Boyd, 66, was convicted of one count of second degree murder and two counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon for an incident in which he was not the shooter. He served 35 years of a 50-year life sentence. While incarcerated, Boyd served as a clerk for the NAACP Facilities Branch and DOCCS Transition Services Coordinator for more than a decade. Upon his release, Boyd will be reunited with his wife.
Paul Clark, 59, was convicted of three counts of second degree murder, one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of second degree criminal possession of a weapon. He served 40 years out of a total sentence of 58 years and 4 months in life. While incarcerated, Clark earned a GED degree, an associate’s degree, and a variety of professional certificates. Upon his release, Clark will be reunited with his wife.
Lawrence Penn, 51, pleaded guilty to falsifying first-degree business documents in 2015 and was jailed for two years. A West Point graduate and veteran, Penn continues to be active in his community and a full forgiveness will allow him to fully re-engage in society in a meaningful way.