Governor Hochul said the prisoners she was releasing had ‘served their sentences’ for their crimes and ‘do not need to be imprisoned’
at least nine Rikers Island inmates recently given a Get Out of Jail Free Card Hochul has been arrested again by the government, the Post has learned.
A reputed gangbanger is among those who thwarted the September 17 free pass from Queens, who was accused of not only possessing a loaded gun, but also of trying to bribe him out of a return trip to the infamous prison, NYPD and law enforcement sources said.
Stephane “Stephen” Gilliam, 26, is a member of the Queensbridge House crew called Team No Lakin’, and has multiple aliases and 43 prior arrests, including 23 felonies, the sources said.
Authorities said that after only two weeks of freedom, Gilliam was pulled over by police at the corner of 31st Avenue and 21st Street in Queens at 9:45 p.m. on September 29, after allegedly speeding and hitting the windows of a 2004 BMW. Having too much tint, the officials said. Retaliating, the police found a warrant for his arrest for traffic violations, the sources said. Police then searched the BMW and recovered a .32 Colt revolver from the rear seat.
Gilliam was accused of possessing a weapon, as was his passenger, 27-year-old relative Sean Gilliam.
Stephane Gilliam then managed to put himself in more trouble.
When questioned by 114th Precinct detectives about the gun, Gilliam said, “How can we get away with it?” Police said.
Police said the arresting officer met with Gilliam in the holding cell, where Gilliam allegedly offered cash “so you could drop the gun charge.” “I can get $20,000. I’ve only got $3,000 in cash. You can take me home and I’ll go in and give it to you.”
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He then reportedly tried to sweeten the offer: “I can sell drugs and cut you,” officials said. The officer contacted supervisors and Gilliam was charged with bribing a public servant.
Gilliam’s release from Rikers follows Government Hochul’s September 17 order release immediately 191 prison inmates were jailed for “technical” violations of their parole from a state prison.
Hochul announced earlier sign into law The “Less Is More Act” that would prevent the state from putting former opposition with its parole officers behind bars for missing appointments, violating curfews or testing positive for drugs or alcohol. That measure is set to launch on March 1.
Hochul said the ongoing crisis in Rikers meant there was no time to wait, calling the report Uncontrolled violence and anarchy “Deeply disturbed” at the prison complex at large. He also ordered the transfer of nearly 200 prisoners from Rikers to state prisons amid a recent admission by City Corrections Commissioner Vincent Shiraldi that planned reform efforts could not be carried out. achieved under the current circumstances.
Prisoners run wild on Rikers Island, answering phones, destroying equipment
Hochul said the prisoners she was releasing had “served their sentences” for their crimes and “do not need to be imprisoned.”
But the NYPD said at least eight other Rikers opposition issued under Hochul’s order had been re-arrested in the past three weeks.
Jerrell Edwards, 34, of Harlem, was called on September 18 for petty theft inside a Gramercy Park thrift shop, while Jerome Farris, 41, of Manhattan, was arrested on September 20 for the same charge at Penn Station’s Duane Reade. Was. Police said. A day later, Babatunde Wiggins, 51, of Brooklyn, was arrested in Midtown for drug possession, and Danny Soto, 27, of Brooklyn, was arrested on September 24 for allegedly shoplifting in downtown Brooklyn, police said. he said.
On October 2, David Porath, 55, of The Bronx made three arrests for criminal contempt in connection with domestic violence, police said. Police said Donald Stanley, 57, of Queens, was charged the same day with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, drug possession and driving a drug-infused vehicle. Michael Harris, 55, of Hampstead, LI, was arrested on October 3 for stealing items from a food emporium in Manhattan, police said. John Henderson, 58, of Brooklyn, was apprehended at CVS on October 5 for petty theft, officials said.
Mayor de Blasio has also released at least seven Rikers prisoners. in an early release program — apart from the early releases of Apar and Hochul — as part of City Hall’s efforts to reduce prisoner headcount. Heijner insisted that they set free jailbirds, who are unlikely to commit violent acts based on prior actions. Officials said none of the seven have been re-arrested so far.
About 180 people in custody at Rikers are eligible to be released under Article 6A of the state reform law, which allows the mayor to release certain people into a supervised release program. The process that determines who is who and who is not likely to attack again, was to be completed last week.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has criticized the plans Prematurely release dozens of Rikers Island prisoners Out of control prison – adding that the detainees “worked too hard to get there.”
Here are some Rikers prisoners who were released early last month to be re-arrested by politicians: