Senator Pam Helming has sent a letter to the New York State Parole Board opposing the early release of murderer Chad Campbell and demanding that he be kept in prison for the entire length of his life sentence.
Campbell is serving a maximum sentence of life in prison at Woodbourne Correctional Facility for the murder of his teenage classmate and the toddler boy she was babysitting. He is eligible for parole in May.
In August 1990, Campbell – then 14 years old – brutally stabbed to death his 15-year-old Palmyra-Macedon Central School classmate, Cindy Lewis, and the 17-month-old boy she was babysitting, Curtis Rizzo. Though he has been eligible for parole since 2008, Campbell has been denied an early release five times. Helming says Campbell “has shown no remorse for his actions that caused irreparable harm to the Palmyra-Macedon community where he committed this terrible violence and unspeakable anguish to the family and friends of those he murdered. Instead, he chooses to blame his upbringing for the heinous crime he committed rather than take responsibility for his own actions.”
Senator Helming has worked with Ms. Elaine Hartnagel, Curtis Rizzo’s grandmother, to advocate that Campbell remain in prison and to support bills in the State Senate that would help victims and their families during parole board hearings.
A copy of the letter sent by Senator Helming can be seen here.