David Gilbert, 76, was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder and four counts of first-degree robbery in 1983 after he helped drive during the incident, according to the release. So far Gilbert has served 40 years of his 75-years-to-life sentence.
“My heart is bursting,” he said. “On the eve of my first child’s birth, my dad — who’s been in prison nearly my entire life — was granted clemency. He never intended harm, yet his crime devastated many families. My heart breaks for the families that can never get their loved ones back.”
According to the release from Cuomo’s office, Gilbert has made significant contributions to AIDS education and prevention programs and has worked in several jobs within his prison facility.
“These clemencies make clear the power of redemption, encourage those who have made mistakes to engage in meaningful rehabilitation, and show New Yorkers that we can work toward a better future,” Cuomo said in the release.
Gilbert is the only individual still incarcerated with no possibility of parole in his lifetime in New York, his office said. He will be referred to the Parole Board for potential release.