Dutchess County man who killed parents, brother in 1989 granted parole

Brian Britton, 50, was sentenced to 25 years to life for killing his family with a shotgun in 1989 when he was 16. He has been incarcerated since 1990.

Blaise Gomez

Mar 17, 2023, 9:40 PM

Updated 394 days ago

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A Dutchess County man convicted of killing his parents and younger brother, as well as shooting his sister, has now been granted parole after serving 33 years in prison. 
Brian Britton, from Poughkeepsie, could be released from Otisville Correctional Facility as early as April 10, according to the Department of Community Corrections and Supervision. 
Britton, 50, was sentenced to 25 years to life for killing his family with a shotgun in 1989 when he was 16 and has been incarcerated since 1990. 
He thought he killed his sister, Sherry Britton Schafer, after shooting her twice, but she survived. 
Sherry started an online petition the last time he was up for parole in 2018. At the time she said, “I fear for my life and that of my children if he were to be released. The only reason he admitted to the crimes was that he found out that I was alive. His intent on that fateful morning was to kill his entire family but I survived.” 

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News 12 reached out to the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office for comment and is waiting to hear back.  




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