Winston Moseley, one of New York’s most notorious killers in the past half century, has been denied parole for the 15th time. Parole officials yesterday notified the 76-year-old inmate that he will remain behind bars, with another shot at release two years away (See Transcript of Parole Hearing).
In 1964, Mr. Moseley stalked and killed Kitty Genovese over the span of 30 minutes, possibly while dozens of Queens residents ignored her screams for help. He also escaped from custody in 1968 and broke into a Buffalo residence, where he bound a man and raped his wife.
Mr. Moseley was among the first group of parole-eligible offenders subject to new criteria (NYLJ, Sept. 30). Under a provision included in this year’s budget, the parole board must look beyond the crime of conviction and consider the inmate’s rehabilitation and likelihood of success if released.
The parole board, in a decision by Commissioners Henry Lemons and Sally A. Thompson, said it took into consideration Mr. Moseley’s “good institutional conduct and your many program and institutional accomplishments,” as well as “your letters of support and all relevant matters required by law.” However, the board told Mr. Moseley that, “[A]fter a review of all factors it is the conclusion that there remains a probability that if released you might not live at liberty without re-offending. You remain a threat to the community and parole is again denied.”