A Manhattan judge on Thursday ordered the release of a career criminal charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death out of concern he could contract coronavirus at Rikers , the Post has learned.
State Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer freed Pedro Vinent-Barcia , 63, and 15 other inmates after the Legal Aid Society filed a petition arguing that their detention exposed them to serious medical harm in the midst of a pandemic sweeping through city jails.
Prosecutors objected , citing the brutality of the crime and the defendant’s criminal record.
Assistant DA Patricia Bailey said Vinent-Barcia terrorized Bernice Rosado for months before tracking her to a cellphone repair shop in Harlem on June 29 , 2018 , and repeatedly stabbing her in the chest and back.
The gruesome attack was captured on surveillance video and witnessed by numerous bystanders, according to court papers.
After cops nabbed him , he allegedly asked , “ Is she dead ? I hope so.”
The prosecutor told Dwyer that Vinent-Barcia was arrested in Florida for stabbing another girlfriend in 1993 and biting off a piece of her ear.
The judge ultimately sided with Legal Aid lawyer Corey Stoughton , who stated in court papers that Vinent-Barcia has cardiovascular disease , pulmonary disease and type II diabetes.
“ As a result of his medical conditions and age , Mr. Vinent Barcia is at high risk for severe illness or death if [ he ] contract[ s ] COVID-19 ,” he wrote.
Who cares ?!!! .. Saves a shitload of taxpor money keepin’ the asshole alive !!! …
The Legal Aid Society , which represents indigent clients , has argued in their petitions that the continued confinement of elderly and sickly inmates during a pandemic violates their constitutional rights.
Uh … ‘scuse me LAS , but what about the ‘ constitutional rights of Ms. Bernice Rosado ?! …
“ Clearly , Judge Dwyer felt that a jury should decide on this defendant’s fate , not a virus ” said Office of Court Administration spokesman Lucian Chalfen.
Another , Uh … ‘scuse me goes to to Judge ‘ Dope Dwyer … A ‘ jury ‘ found the asshole GUILTY … YOU and the other fuckups in the legal and political structure decided his fate !!! …
And in the ‘ Since We Have The Door Open ‘ department …
As of Wednesday , DA Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office had consented to freeing a total of 244 inmates.
“ We are in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis ” Vance wrote in a memo to his staff … “ I believe we should use our discretion to recommend release of certain individuals from Rikers who do not present a clear threat to public safety.”
And explain to me how a man , who hunts down his ex-girlfriend , finds ouit where she works … Goes there and repeatedly stabs her … Then states ” I hope she’s dead ” … Gets classified as ” not presenting a threat to public safety ” ?!!! …
He added , “ Extraordinary times call for us all to be flexible , but still to be guided by fundamental principles of safety and justice.”
There’s no justice here …
Source: NYC judge frees alleged murderer amid coronavirus spread