Tedisco speaks out after recent parole decisions


GLENVILLE, N.Y. (WRGB) - The decision by the NYS Parole Board to release child killer Mary Beth Tinning later this year is not sitting well with some. The board is already under fire for releasing two men who killed NYC police officers.

Many are now expressing concern over the release of Tinning, who was found guilty of killing her child after her eight other children also died , allegedly non-suspicious deaths at the time. A local lawmaker is now speaking out against the state's decision.

"I don't think Mary Beth Tinning should ever see the light of day."

Senator Jim Tedisco says when Schenectady mother Mary Beth Tinning was found guilty 31 years ago on Tueday, for killing her infant daughter, he believed she'd be in prison for life.

"I think there are just some crimes against humanity where someone should be out of society for the rest of his or her life," the Republican of Glenville said.

But yesterday, Tinning was granted parole.

"I'm concerned about not only victims and families, but our society in New York State."

Tedisco calls the decision a disgrace - along with the board's recent decision to parole Herman Bell, who served four decades for killing two police officers.

Both decisions are receiving heavy backlash.

"I think it says they're not doing their job."

CBS6 reached out to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, speaking on behalf of the Board of Parole.

When asked about Tinning and the Board's response to the backlash, we received a statement saying, in part:

"The Board of Parole is the sole entity that considers and determines parole eligibility... It adheres to statutory requirements that take into consideration a number of factors prior to making any final determination. "

Spokesperson Thomas Mailey also said the board must consider statements made by victims and their families - as well as the person's criminal history and danger to society.

Tedisco says he'll continue to work with lawmakers to reform the parole system.

"The torture of police officers, killing one of your own children... I don't think they should be released back into society."

CBS6 did reach out to a number of former Parole Board members. but they either did not get back to us, or declined to speak on the paroles of Tinning and Bell. Tinning could be released from jail as early as next month.

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