Updated: September 22, 2021 12:11 PM
Created: September 22, 2021 07:37 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Police say a man is now back in jail on a murder charge in connection to a deadly hatchet attack in July, but he was released just hours before being re-arrested, as part of a new state law.
Rivera was taken into custody Tuesday night, but had previously been let out earlier in the day under the state's "Less Is More" act. The law, which was just recently signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul, largely eliminates the practice of incarcerating people for technical parole violations in New York.
He was arraigned in Rochester City Court Wednesday morning.
Here's the timeline outlined by RPD.
News10NBC's Raven Brown spoke to Jessica Majors, Heather's sister at court Wednesday morning.
He shouldn't have been released, he killed my sister like an animal and he's 21-years-old," Majors said. "And if he could be that brutal, commit that brutal of a crime at 21 he doesn't need to be out."
The less is more law drew the concern of law enforcement leaders Tuesday, when they said 17 people in the Monroe County Jail for violating parole were let out, with no warning to police. Five are still being held on other charges. Parolee advocates, however, said the new law actually enhances public safety as it uses a provision called "earned time credits "where people who comply with the rules of parole can earn early discharge.
As for Rivera, the court will not set bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Monday at 10:30 a.m.
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