No second chance: Cousin says parole board made mistake releasing Dutchess County family killer

It’s been 34 years since Brian Britton killed his parents and 8-year-old brother and tried to kill his sister. His family says it feels like yesterday.

Blaise Gomez

Mar 28, 2023, 10:01 PM

Updated 389 days ago

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A cousin of convicted killer Brian Britton says the parole board made a mistake releasing Britton from prison.
It’s been 34 years since Brian Britton killed his parents and 8-year-old brother and tried to kill his sister. His family says it feels like yesterday.  
“They told me there had been an accident and that Brian shot everybody,” said Kimberly Britton-Lindell.
Kimberly Britton-Lindell is Brian’s cousin. 
“Everybody deserves a second chance. Brian does not,” says Kimberly Britton-Lindell.  
News 12 spoke to Britton-Lindell Tuesday at the home she grew up in, not far from the 1989 triple murder in Poughkeepsie, now that parole granted Brian’s release.  
“They messed up big time,” said Britton-Lindell. “They really have to rethink what they’re doing because they don’t know him like the family does.”  
Britton-Lindell has started an online petition asking parole to reconsider the decision 34 years into Brian's life sentence.  
The Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office says Britton has shown no remorse and is at risk to reoffend.  
It sent parole evidence last week that seems to show Britton and his fiancee victim-blaming on their Facebook pages and making fun of his surviving sister, Sherry, including a YouTube recording in which he describes the shootings in graphic detail. 
His fiancee is often heard laughing during the recording.  
“Sherry fears her life,” said Britton-Lindell. “This is going to be a mess. I know it’s going to be a mess.”  
Britton was 16 years old when he killed his family and says he did it because he was abused.  His cousin says that’s a lie.  
"We were not abused by any means. None of us. He killed a baby. What did he do?" asks his cousin.
News 12 tried to reach out to the couple but didn’t hear back.
Britton’s attorney had no comment. 
Britton is now 50 years old. He’s scheduled to be released from Otisville Correctional Facility as early as April 10.  






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