Witnesses described an armed Carroll, then 34, and her boyfriend, Xavier Valentine, also armed, barging into a Norwich drug dealer's house, demanding money and drugs, and leaving the 20-year-old man dead on the floor, a hole in his chest from a shotgun blast. "Joanne put the gun in my face and told me to get down," said witness Misty Graef, in later trial testimony. Graef was the 18-year-old friend of Edward Pastore Jr., who sold marijuana out of a house on Lewis Road and died there of a shotgun wound to the chest. Pastore allegedly owed Valentine $15,000. The mayhem continued that night on Lewis Road, witnesses said. Graef described hearing Pastore being beaten and his hands duct-taped together. Valentine then ordered Pastore to open a safe, before he shot Pastore, Graef testified.A murder was also committed during the incident and Carroll has at lest six and a half years remaining on the sentence. Her daughter organized a letter-writing campaign that included family members, the judge in her case, and a state trooper involved in the investigation. See story here and here and here and here.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Gov. David Paterson (D) is starting to receive some criticism now for his commutation of the sentence of 43-year old Joanne Carroll. Carroll plead guilty to first-degree robbery in 2001 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The incident hs been described as follows:
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