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November 27, 2013

Officials: Keep murderer in jail


A spokeswoman for the agency said the hearing was postponed because Dart’s file was “incomplete.”

Kirkpatrick, who also vehemently opposes the release of Dart, said she only learned of the parole hearing Monday, as the results of the efforts of 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.

Muehl said he believes Dart would have harmed more victims had he not been quickly apprehended by Oneonta Police officers in the days after Gillian Gibbons was viciously assaulted inside Oneonta’s municipal parking lot on Sept. 12, 1989.

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.

Kirkpatrick has also had discussions with Janice Grieshaber Geddes, whose daughter, Jenna, was murdered in Albany by a paroled felon. The mother and her former husband, Bruce Grieshaber, were the principal advocates of Jenna’s Law, which easily passed both houses of the Legislature after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, was initially slow to allow a vote on the measure.

Kirkpatrick has started a Facebook group, Stop Parole of Gillian’s Murderer, whose membership has grown to 859 people since its existence was noted in Thursday’s edition of The Daily Star.

Seward also noted the Senate has passed another measure he supports that would require notifications of upcoming parole hearings to be sent by certified mail to county prosecutors and crime victims at least 30 days before each hearing.

Dart, a former resident of Portlandville, is confined at Otisville state prison, a medium security facility.

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