Brinks getaway driver David Gilbert granted parole
David Gilbert, one of the last of the Brinks defendants in state prison, has been granted parole, according to the state Board of Parole.
Gilbert was serving 75 years to life for taking part in the robbery and shootout at the Nanuet Mall in 1981, which left two Nyack police officers and a Brinks guard dead.
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Gilbert’s sentence was commuted by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, just hours before he left office.
The Parole Board’s decision means Gilbert will be released from an upstate prison no later than Nov. 30.
"Today’s ruling by the New York State Parole Board is a cruel and unjust slap in the face to the families of Sergeant Edward O'Grady, Officer Waverly "Chipper" Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige as well as the people of Rockland County. Especially given the fact that only days ago Rockland held our annual ceremony commemorating the lives of those that David Gilbert was convicted of killing 40 years ago," Rockland County Executive Ed Day said in a statement. "Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Parole Board should be ashamed for allowing this domestic terrorist to walk free on our streets. There’s no reason that David Gilbert should not have to face the full consequences of his heinous crimes, no matter how much time has passed."