ALBANY, NY- At this moment, extreme progressives are cheering on Governor Cuomo in New York after he let a convicted murderer out of prison.
Of course, nearly every mainstream news outlet is saying that the woman he freed, Monica Szlekovics, was someone who suffered abuse from her husband; which is why she committed murder.
So, you must be thinking, an abused spouse killed her husband which was why she was in prison and they clearly corrected an injustice.
But it wasn’t her husband that she killed. In fact, she helped her husband kidnap a man back in 1996 and murder him in their basement. Here’s the backstory on why this is a slap in the face to the family of the victim.
This past Friday, Governor Cuomo signed for the release of Szlekovics, 26 years before she was even eligible for parole for a horrific murder committed back in Rochester slightly over 23 years ago.
The now 42-year-old Szlikovics was described as having “extreme, ongoing physical and psychological abuse from her husband,” by Cuomo’s office. The statement by the office alleged that because of this strained relationship with her then-husband, it created circumstances for her to participate in cold-blooded murder.
This is the same tired excuse that comes into play whenever a woman is convicted of a violent crime; as whenever a woman murders someone, people begin to blame it on everything except a woman deciding to help kill another person.
Back on November 2nd, 1996, Szlekovics and her husband at the time, Angel Luis Mateo, kidnapped 20-year-old Juan Rodriguez-Matos.
Don’t let Szlekovics victimhood claims fool you, she knew good and well who her husband was and helped him secure Rodriguez-Matos in order to either torture or execute him, with the latter being the result.
On that night, Mateo and Szlekovics abducted the victim as there was some vested interest to know the whereabouts of the victim’s then-girlfriend.
When Rodriguez-Matos didn’t cooperate with his captors, Mateo shot him in the head.
Amazingly, it wasn’t the shot in the head that killed Rodriguez-Matos that night, A plastic bag was fastened to his head, where he then proceeded to choke on his own vomit until he died.
While this was happening in the couple’s basement, Mateo and Szlekovics went upstairs in their home to drink some beer and smoke some pot.
Then they both went to go dispose of the body. Also, this wasn’t Szlekovics first foray into crime with her husband.
On October 11th, 1996, not even a month before helping Mateo murder a man; the couple actually held Mateo’s former girlfriend’s family hostage.
Mateo was on the hunt for Janette Sanchez, and arrived with his wife at Sanchez’s sister’s house. Inside the home was Maria Sanchez, Jose Ramon, and Maria’s four-year-old daughter at the time.
During the trial where Szlekovics was convicted, Ramon had actually explained how Mateo and Szlekovics held the family hostage at gun point for three hours before they finally contacted Janette Sanchez to extract her location at the time.
So, you might also be wondering how exactly Szlekovics found herself arrested in the first place. Well, if you guessed that she was held down by a victim of another home invasion she participated in on November 6th, 1996, then you’d be correct.
Willie McWilliams, who didn’t know Szlekovics or her husband, answered a knock on the door by Szlekovics and when McWilliams answered, he was greeted by a gun pointed at his head by Mateo.
Luckily, McWilliams was able to overpower the unwanted guests after a third accomplice with the couple announced that they needed to kill McWilliams’ girlfriend and child before leaving the home.
Despite being shot and having his throat sliced by the trio, McWilliams was able to hold down Szlekovics for police while Mateo and the other accomplice fled.
There’s a difference between being a victim of abuse and fending off your abuser, and helping your husband who might be abusive at times commits crimes like murder against innocent people.
Also on October 16th,1996, Szlekovics showed up at her husbands front door with a gun when Mateo coaxed Janette Sanchez to spend some alone time with him in the home without his wife Szlekovics.
It’s painfully obvious that Szlekovics was a violent person who happened to be allegedly abused, not someone who acted out in violence for fear of being abused.
Of course, the misguided people are just claiming this to be the greatest victory ever.
Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn applauded Szlekovics’s release, saying:
“This grant of clemency for Monica is recognition that there are far too many women incarcerated right now in our state who have been implicated in crimes as perpetrators, rather than treated as survivors of domestic violence.”
Give me a break. Horrible things can happen to people, that’s a given, but having bad things happen in your past does not create free-passes to commit horrible things to other people. This woman helped abduct someone, helped murder someone, dumped a body, and participated in several home invasions where harm was being planned. This is an abhorrent display of “social justice”.
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State leaders have become completely unhinged, as is evidenced with their newfound “bail reform”.
Here was the latest.
In July, Paul Barbaritano allegedly killed his friend, 29-year-old Nicole Jennings. And not in an “Oops, I threw a knife and it hit my friend, I’m so negligent” type of way.
Police say the 53-year-old man strangled Nicole with a karate belt and slit her throat. He’s been held in jail without bond since that day, while investigators put their case together to attempt to upgrade charges to murder.
While police didn’t say how Barbaritano and Nicole new each other, Albany Police Officer Steve Smith said this back when Barbaritano was first arrested:
“This investigation is still ongoing. It’s far from over. It’s possible there could be more charges, possible that the charges could be upgraded.”
Apparently, a friend (unknown if that was Nicole) called 911 to tell them that Barbaritano was possibly going to hurt himself inside of his apartment. Police arrived to do a welfare check and found Barbaritano with multiple self-inflicted stab wounds.
While they were there investigating, they found Nicole’s body in the bedroom of the apartment, deceased.
You know, from the karate belt around her neck, squeezing the life out of her lungs. Oh yeah, and the slashing of her throat, let’s not forget that.
Barbritano was transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital, where he was treated for reportedly “non-life-threatening injuries.” Lucky him.
If you’ll recall, New York’s bail reform legislation (sneakily inserted by Governor Andrew Cuomo into a budget bill) is allegedly intended to achieve economic equality in the justice system. To do this, there is now no bail required for persons arrested of most misdemeanor crimes, as well as “nonviolent felony crimes.”
Huh. Cuomo’s definition of “nonviolent” must be different than mine. Under the legislation, this isn’t a serious enough offense to require bail.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares is among many who are unhappy with this legislation. Soares argued in court before Barbaritano’s release that the man admitted to being the cause of Nicole’s death.
“We’ve been painted as fearmongers, and what you’ve observed today in court is the new reality.”
This is what the new criminal justice system in New York will be moving forward.”
I’m not sure I would still call it a criminal justice system, but I get what he’s saying.
The Albany County Public Defenders Office also released a statement, saying that this is why the legislation was passed; to “promote fair and equal justice.” They also said Barbaritano will be “connected to mental health services and treatment.”
Too bad Nicole won’t be afforded that same opportunity.
Albany Police Officers Union President Gregory McGee said in his own statement that Barbaritano’s release was causing further harm to the Albany police, and to Nicole’s family.
Well, at least someone is thinking of the victim and her family.
The Public Defenders Office also stated that the incident was a “horrific accident” and Barbaritano wasn’t trying to kill Nicole.
I’m sure that brings her family an untold amount of comfort.
Barbaritano was released without bail on Thursday on his own recognizance. This means that he signed a piece of paper promising to appear at the set court date.
I hope they made him pinky-promise too. It probably means more.
A spokesperson for the DA’s office said there are two other bail review cases coming in the next few days.
One case involves a man accused of slashing a woman’s face open. The second involves a man charged with entering a residence, raping, and strangling a woman.
On Thursday night, we reported on a New York man who shot a cop, then was busted for selling drugs and just released on no bond as well.
In 2009, Tyquan Rivera, who was 15 at the time, shot and wounded a Rochester (NY) police officer, Anthony DiPonzo. He was convicted of attempted murder and got a whopping 10 years in prison. In February of last year, Rivera was released from prison.
Since he was all rehabilitated and everything, he decided to go into business for himself.
Unfortunately for Rivera, the business he went into was selling Fentanyl. You know, the drug that is responsible for a near epidemic of dead people.
He was arrested last month and charged with selling fentanyl to two undercover officers in Rochester. He was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Rivera was one of five men arrested in what law enforcement officials called a “lengthy narcotics investigation” that started last August and involved officers from a number of police agencies. Rivera was the only on charged with sale; the other four were charged with criminal possession.
At the time of the arrest, prosecutor Matthew Schwartz said it was a significant arrest.
“To arrest somebody who’s alleged to be involved in narcotics trafficking is significant,” he said.
There’s obviously an opioid epidemic that this community is facing, so even if it’s one at a time that we can take somebody off the streets so to speak who’s alleged to be providing these dangerous narcotics to people, it’s a good thing.”
Wow sounds like New York is tough on people dealing in Fentanyl. Wrong.
On Thursday, Rivera was released without bail. That’s right, a convicted murderer, out on the streets less than a year, and who is caught dealing the deadly drug Fentanyl, was released.
He was originally held on $100,000 bond, but under the new state bail laws that went into effect Jan 1, the felony charges against him did not qualify for bail or bond.
“The charges that Mr. Rivera is currently facing are not qualifying offenses and as a result, the judge frankly is required to release him,” according to Schwartz.
“Our hands are certainly tied. This is somebody who has previously been convicted of shooting a police officer. He has a prior violent felony conviction on his record and was currently faced with allegations of selling fentanyl.”
However, according to terms of release set by Judge Sam Valleriani, Rivera must wear an ankle bracelet, or more precisely an “electronic monitoring device.” The poor, misunderstood convict will not be able to travel and must check in with pretrial services. What an unbelievably tough state New York is on criminals. Poor criminals.
Judge Sam Valleriani decides Rivera must be released without bail.
Agrees he must contact pretrial services, wear electronic monitoring and monitoring must be set up.
— Charles Molineaux (@WHEC_cmolineaux) January 2, 2020
Rivera and his ambulance chasing attorney were pleased with the decision of Valleriani.
“I thought it was a fair decision and Mr. Rivera and I are pleased with the decision,” said James Napier, who represented Rivera.
Really Mr. Napier? Rivera is “pleased?” He should be freaking ecstatic.
The law has received harsh criticism from the law enforcement community, political leaders (Republicans obviously, Democrats love criminals), and victims. Have no fear, Gov. Cuomo is going to fix this mess, right?
Not quite. In a statement from Cuomo’s office, they said the following:
“Despite the fear mongering being peddled by a vocal minority, other states such as New Jersey that recently passed bail reform laws and ended cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies have shown that overall crime has decreased with no statistically significant changes regarding re-offenses or court appearances.
We carefully considered the views of law enforcement to ensure we enacted balanced reforms that were long overdue and that will bring greater fairness to New York’s criminal justice system.
Those arrested and charged with non-violent crimes will still have their day in court to answer to the charges.”
What a long-winded pile of garbage that is.
First of all, New Jersey’s bail reform is vastly different than New York’s. In New Jersey, judges conduct individual risk assessments based on the suspects criminal history and the charges they face before deciding whether to hold them or release them with or without monitoring until trial.
That is a huge difference. New York judges have no such discretion. They can only order bail if someone is charged with a serious felony. Period.
Also, the law is subject of a lawsuit filed by the family of Christian Rodgers, a 26-year-old who was shot to death in 2017 in Vineland, NJ by someone who had been arrested just a few days earlier and was released under the new bail reform law signed into law by former Gov. Chris Christie.
Jules Black, who was accused of killing Rodgers, had been arrested 26 times going back to 2004 and was picked up by police in April 2004 during a traffic stop where he was found with a 9mm handgun in his car.
Despite a number of prior felony convictions, a judge found that Black was safe enough to be back on the streets pending his trial. He shot and killed Rodgers four days later.
Sounds like New Jersey is a real success story there Cuomo.
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