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December 10, 2013

Murder victim's sister blasts parole board


Linda Foglia, a spokeswoman for the state agency, said she had no immediate comment on Kirkpatrick’s complaint. She said last month she was unable to discuss any victim-related information because of  confidentiality restrictions.

Kirkpatrick has launched a Facebook group called Stop Parole for Gillian’s Murderer, which as of Monday night had been joined by more than 1,300 Facebook users.

She has also won support from Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl and state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford. The latter has called for Albany to adopt a measure that would lengthen the period of time violent felons would have to wait for new parole hearings. Under current law, they can asked to be considered for release every two years once they complete their minimum sentence.

Dart, a former resident of Portlandville, is now 58 years old. According to testimony at his trial, he repeatedly stabbed Gibbons with a 17-inch survival knife.

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