Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) recently gave nine Rikers Island convicts a Get Out of Jail Free pass despite being accused of carrying a loaded gun. However, the group was quickly detained again for violating road and other rules.
Stepfane “Stephon” Gilliam, 26, is a member of the Queensbridge Houses group known as Team No Lackin’. Gilliam was arrested in Queens for allegedly speeding and having too much tint on his 2004 BMW at 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 29. Officers searched the luxury vehicle and also discovered a .32 Colt revolver on the rear seat.
Both Gilliam and passenger Shawn Gilliam, 27, were charged with firearms possession. The alleged gangbanger from Queens then tried to buy his way out of returning to the notorious jail.
“How can we make this go away?” he asked 114th Precinct investigators about the firearm.
He later allegedly offered to pay the arresting officer to “drop the gun charge.”
“I can get $20,000, I only got $3,000 cash on me–you can drive me home and I will go in and give it to you,” he said according to the New York Post. “I can sell drugs and give you a cut.”
However, the officer declined the offers and reported Gilliam for bribery of a public worker.
Gilliam was released from Rikers on Sept. 17. Gov. Hochul had ordered the immediate release of 191 prisoners for “technical” parole breaches.
The Democrat also signed the “Less Is More Act,” which prohibits the Empire State from re-incarcerating ex-offenders for skipping parole appointments, curfew violations, or drug or alcohol tests. She described alleged unrest and violence at Rikers Island as “deeply disturbing.”
The governor also claimed the convicts to be released had already “served their sentences” and “do not need to be incarcerated.”
However, the New York Police Department re-arrested a further eight Rikers inmates she freed three weeks earlier.
Jerrell Edwards, 34, of Harlem was charged with petty theft on Sept. 18. Jerome Farris, 41, of Manhattan received the same charge at a Duane Reade inside of New York City’s Pennsylvania Station on Sept. 20. Brooklyn’s Danny Soto, 27, was detained for alleged theft in downtown Brooklyn on Sept. 24.
David Porath, 55, of the Bronx, was charged with three counts of criminal contempt for domestic abuse on Oct. 2. Donald Stanley, 57, of Queens, was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, drug possession, and driving under the influence. John Henderson, 58, of Brooklyn, was arrested for petty theft at a CVS pharmacy on Oct. 5. Michael Harris, 55, of Hempstead, Long Island, was detained in Manhattan on Oct. 3.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) recently freed at least seven Rikers convicts to help lower the jail population. None of those seven were re-arrested at the time of publication.
Around 180 individuals in Rikers are eligible for supervised release under Article 6A of the state Correction Law.