Asked why he would brutally stab a young woman he said he didn’t know, Dart said: “I really have no excuse. I was a little high and drinking that day. But I can’t blame it on the drugs because before I took the drugs I was sober, so I can’t even blame it on that.”
He admitted that he lied about his involvement in the murder because was “just trying to protect” his own family.
Kirkpatrick praised the parole commissioners for rejecting Dart’s request for freedom, but said the statements the killer made to them “made me sick.”
“I really want to thank all the wonderful people from our community and my friends who wrote letters to the parole board,” said Kirkpatrick, who discovered her sister’s lifeless body in the parking garage more than 24 years ago. “I could not have done this alone.”
Kirkpatrick has said she only learned of the parole hearing in November as the result of the efforts of Otsego County Judge Brian Burns, whose office did not receive a notice on the matter until Nov. 14, to keep her in the loop.
Kirkpatrick said that as a result of her efforts to raise public awareness about Dart’s attempt to win an early release from prison, at least two women have come forward to provide details about having been accosted by Dart before he murdered her sister.
Dart became eligible for parole consideration six months before he initially had been scheduled to face the parole board as a result of achieving ratings for good conduct during his confinement, officials said.
He earned the ratings, the parole board noted, after receiving credits for college courses and from his participation in a prison asbestos-removal program, printing, tailor shop, food service and an art program.