(NEW YORK POST) — Former Weather Underground radical Judith Clark will soon be a free woman.
The New York State Parole Board on Wednesday granted early release to Clark, who drove the getaway car in the infamous Oct. 20, 1981, Brink’s robbery in Rockland County in which two state cops and a security guard were killed.
The three victims were Officers Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown of the Nyack Police Department and security guard/driver Peter Paige.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo initially granted Clark clemency in 2016, citing her “exceptional strides in self-development” at Bedford Hills prison, making her eligible for parole.
But the board rejected her release in 2017.
An activist who spearheaded a public campaign for Clark’s release applauded the new decision.
“Justice has finally been served, overdue but realized. We hope Judith Clark’s release opens up the gates to other women and men who have been amply rehabilitated. Let this be the start of real reform for the Parole Board,” said Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.
Without Cuomo’s commutation of her 75-year-to-life sentence, Clark, 69, would not have been eligible for parole until 2056.
The board in April 2017 unanimously denied Clark’s release from prison.
“We now find that your release at this time is incompatible with the welfare of society … You are a symbol of violent and terroristic crime,” Parole Board members Tina Standford, Kevin Ludlow and Sally Thompson said in the decision.
They also noted that Clark had a criminal record of aggravated battery, aiding escape, mob action and resisting arrest prior to her New York crimes. And she was unrepentant at her sentencing, referring to herself as “at war with America.”
But last year, the Parole Board released cop killer Herman Bell, one of three Black Liberation Army terrorists who executed Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones in 1971.
Clark was convicted of murder in the second degree and robbery in the first degree in Rockland County for driving the getaway vehicle in the armored car robbery.
She received one of the longest sentences of her six co-defendants, the majority of whom are either deceased or no longer in custody.
Her only female co-defendant, Kathy Boudin, whose participation in the underlying crime was similar to Clark’s, received a 20-year minimum sentence and was paroled in 2003.
Clark sued the Parole Board in December 2017 after it denied her release to get a new hearing.
But the appellate courts ruled she’d have to wait for her next scheduled hearing this month.