Monday, February 11, 2019




Sullivan Correctional Facility inmate loses challenge for parole in kidnapping

NEW YORK – The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has affirmed a Sullivan County Supreme Court justice’s decision denying state prisoner Fermin Rodriguez parole.

Rodriguez, who is incarcerated in the Sullivan Correctional Facility, was among a group that kidnapped New York clothing executive Harvey Weinstein at knifepoint in 1993 and held him in a dark pit 14 feet below a secluded rail yard in Manhattan demanding that his family pay $3 million.

When the family did pay the ransom 12 days later, the kidnappers refused to release their hostage, but police located Weinstein and freed him.
Rodriguez was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

In May 2017 he made a third appearance before the State Parole Board, seeking to be released on parole, but the board rejected that. The inmate challenged the decision in Supreme Court and Justice Schick in Monticello upheld the parole board’s decision.

Rodriguez then took the case to the Appellate Division, which has just now affirmed the lower court’s ruling denying his parole release.



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