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Judith Clark, who entered prison in 1981 as a former member of the Weather Underground domestic terrorism group, walked free on Friday as a 69-year-old woman acclaimed for her work behind bars with service dogs, AIDS patients and inmates with babies.
Clark made her initial report to her parole officer after leaving prison, state corrections spokesman Thomas Mailey said.
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Clark will live in Manhattan. She will 'be closely supervised to ensure her full compliance with all of the conditions of her parole,' Mailey said.
Clark, sentenced to 75-years-to-life for her role as getaway driver in a deadly 1981 Brink's heist in suburban New York City, became eligible for parole after Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted her clemency in 2016.
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Cuomo praised Clark as a model prisoner. Supporters said she embodied the prison system's ideals as an institution of rehabilitation rather than retribution.
But some law enforcement officials, politicians and families of victims opposed her release. The $1.6 million armored truck robbery led to the shooting deaths of Brink's guard Peter Paige and Nyack police officers Edward O'Grady and Waverly Brown.
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'While this is a wonderful day for Judy Clark and her family, she recognizes that news of her release may cause upset to the victims' families and wants to express her ongoing concern for these communities,' Clark's family said in a prepared statement. 'She plans to live her life outside, as she did inside, in atonement for the harm she caused.'
In a 2-1 decision on April 17 granting her release, the parole board noted that Clark's original life sentence was ordered in part because of her 'unrepentant behavior and refusal of counsel.' The board said she had since disavowed her anarchist political views and apologized to the community and her victims.
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The board listed Clark's numerous achievements in prison, including earning a master's degree, training service dogs for...
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