SALAMANCA — Edward Kindt, the convicted killer of Salamanca resident Penny Brown on Mother’s Day 1999, has been denied parole.
Sibyl Lockwood, Mrs. Brown’s mother, said she was notified by the New York state Division of Parole on Friday that Kindt, now 30, had been denied parole last week for the fourth time by the parole board.
“I got the call Friday that his parole had been denied,” Mrs. Lockwood said Monday.
She was thankful but doesn’t like the prospect of him coming up for parole every two years. It stirs up bad memories, she said.
“Every two years we go through this,” Mrs. Lockwood said.
In addition to her letter to the parole board urging them not to release Kindt, Mrs. Lockwood and her family members urge friends to do the same every time Kindt comes up for parole.
Kindt was 15 when he strangled Mrs. Brown. Because he was not yet 16, he could not be sentenced to a higher minimum sentence.
Kindt was sentenced by then-judge Larry Himelein in Cattaraugus County Court to nine years to life in prison, which was the most allowed by law.
State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, who became close to Mrs. Lockwood and her late husband, Jerry, sponsored and helped pass Penny’s Law, which set higher minimum sentences for juvenile killers in New York.
Mrs. Lockwood said she was somewhat pleased Kindt remains in a maximum-security facility in the state, but she didn’t know which one.
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