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NY--Diner Rampage-Release
Associated Press direct feed | June 28, 2002 | Frank Eltman

Posted on 06/28/2002 11:08:24 AM PDT by NYer

NEW YORK (AP) _ A man who pleaded guilty to more than 100 felony counts in a horrific 1982 rampage of robbery, rape and assault in several Long Island communities was freed from prison on Friday, state officials said.

Robert Williams, 39, walked out of the Shawangunk maximum security prison in upstate Wallkill at 9:30 a.m., said Linda Foglia, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Correctional Services. Williams, who was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison, was released because he has served two-thirds of the 30 years, complied with prison rules and razuicipated in treatment programs. Four accomplices are still in prison.

The five men from Brooklyn stole a Cadillac and drove to a home in Plainview, on Long Island, where they raped, beat and robbed guests at a party. Later, they went to a diner in Westbury, where the men robbed and terrorized customers.

The attackers made their victims strip and ordered some to have sex with each other. Two men were shot and at least one waitress was raped. ``Nothing in my career ever compared to the magnitude of this crime and the acts of pure evil,'' former detective John F. Nolan told The New York Times in Friday's editions. ``This was degradation on a scale that was barbaric.''

After Williams' conviction, Nassau County District Attorney Denis E. Dillon successfully lobbied state lawmakers to change sentencing laws, making it possible for people convicted of multiple felonies, not including murder, to be sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison instead of the 15-30 years that Williams received. ``My office continues to support legislation to remove all caps on consecutive sentences in cases such as these,'' Dillon said in a statement.

Two of Williams' accomplices, Robert Samuels and James Martin, are serving life sentences after convictions on an unrelated murder. Robert Williams' brother, Michael, has enrolled in a sex offender treatment program that could lead to his release. The fifth man convicted in the attack, Bruce Garrison, is not being released because he has not enrolled in the sex offender program.

Robert Williams' name has been added to the state sex offender registry; he is expected to move to Brooklyn, where he will live with his wife and two of his three children, state parole officials told The Times.

``He will be supervised intensively by the Targeted Offender Program, which is a special offender unit of parole officers, who work with the New York Police Department and officers in the 73rd and 75th precincts,'' said Martin Cirincione, executive director of the New York State Division of Parole.

AP-ES-06-28-02 1358EDT


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: crime; parole; rapist; robbery; theft
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1 posted on 06/28/2002 11:08:24 AM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
razuicipated in treatment programs

Well I feel so much better knowing that he razuicipated.....

2 posted on 06/28/2002 11:10:09 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: NYer
Maybe he will get robbed, raped and assaulted on his way home....
3 posted on 06/28/2002 11:13:14 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: r9etb
Razuicipation
4 posted on 06/28/2002 11:14:31 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: NYer
sickening. And yet NYer's still couldn't bring themselves to elect any R's for over another decade of violence and rape.
5 posted on 06/28/2002 11:15:22 AM PDT by KantianBurke
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To: NYer
Ah, the famous Diner Gang. This ex-Nassau resident remembers their little spree well.

At least here in Florida, enough customers would be armed to act as a deterrent against such BS. Of course, RINO Pataki will never sign a shall-issue carry law, nor will he ever actually execute somebody.

6 posted on 06/28/2002 11:16:33 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: NYer
"razuicipated"

Only in the corrections systementalities of liberals.

7 posted on 06/28/2002 11:16:52 AM PDT by First_Salute
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To: johniegrad
No one would ever accuse AP of professionalism or quality anyway.
8 posted on 06/28/2002 11:17:22 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: NYer
Saw a story on this last night. I kept saying to my husband how horrifying it was that there was no one - NO ONE - at the party or in the diner who had the wherewithal to stop these thugs. No one was armed. They were at their mercy. Isn't victim disarmament a marvelous thing - for the predators? And yet, those who advocate for victim disarment carry the incredible belief that we'll all be safer if guns are banned. How do you wrap your mind around that concept?
9 posted on 06/28/2002 11:17:34 AM PDT by .38sw
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To: NYer
dictionary.com shows no listing for "razuicipate".
10 posted on 06/28/2002 11:18:29 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: First_Salute
My mom always told me I would get more out of things if I razuicipated...
11 posted on 06/28/2002 11:18:50 AM PDT by Jim Noble
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To: NYer
he is expected to move to Brooklyn, where he will live with his wife and two of his three children,

If he's been in jail for twenty years, how does he have "children?" Yes, he COULD have had them 20 years ago, but then, aren't they a little old to be living with him? This makes no sense, except maybe that conjugal visits were allowed.

12 posted on 06/28/2002 11:20:02 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: NYer; aculeus; Orual; general_re; Poohbah
"He will be supervised intensively by the Targeted Offender Program, which is a special offender unit of parole officers, who work with the New York Police Department and officers in the 73rd and 75th precincts."

Any time this animal does anything -- jaywalking, littering, mopery with intent -- throw the book at him.

13 posted on 06/28/2002 11:22:35 AM PDT by dighton
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To: NYer
Perhaps it might be best if this person just vanished ... 'went fishing' or whatever.
14 posted on 06/28/2002 11:23:09 AM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: Jim Noble
i wish i had a nickel for every time i razuicipated
15 posted on 06/28/2002 11:32:15 AM PDT by teeman8r
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To: .38sw
Remember that this happened on Long Island, one of the most anti-gun regions of the country. I grew up there so I know of what I speak.
16 posted on 06/28/2002 11:32:43 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: dighton
Any time this animal does anything -- jaywalking, littering, mopery with intent -- throw the book at him.

They will. Monsters like this invariably end up breaking the law again within a few months. Occasionally it's as soon as a few HOURS after release.

17 posted on 06/28/2002 11:34:00 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: EggsAckley
I watch The Learning Channel and Frontline a lot and have had an acquaintance give an anecdotal account of this sort of thing.

There is a bizarre sub-culture of generally unattractive, empty-headed, and/or politically liberal women who take up correspondence with prisoners and end up marrying them. Prisoners are generally allowed conjugal visits and it doesn't hurt their chances in front of the parole board either.

I suspect that's the case here. It's a sick world.

18 posted on 06/28/2002 11:34:25 AM PDT by SteamshipTime
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To: teeman8r
I was razuicipated once. Man! No fun at all.
19 posted on 06/28/2002 11:34:45 AM PDT by ladtx
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To: NYer
Who's got the pool? Anything good still open? I want my buck on any one of day ten through day 20. That is, "days from release until he commits another crime." BTW, I sure his wife is delighted to have him move in after an absence of 20 years, I'm sure they'll take up exactly where they left off.
20 posted on 06/28/2002 11:35:20 AM PDT by Tacis
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To: NYer
I remember the case. They should have all been put to the sword. One can only hope.
21 posted on 06/28/2002 11:38:16 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: KantianBurke
It was on Long Island which is mostly Republican in voting.
22 posted on 06/28/2002 11:39:12 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: dighton
Any time this animal does anything -- jaywalking, littering, mopery with intent -- throw the book at him.

"Breathing with intent to live," in the first degree.

23 posted on 06/28/2002 11:39:30 AM PDT by general_re
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To: ex-Texan
Fishing can be said to be very relaxing.
24 posted on 06/28/2002 11:41:11 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Clemenza
Not nearly as bad as NYC. Bad enough in that regard, though.
25 posted on 06/28/2002 11:42:20 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Tacis
I say 10 days..
26 posted on 06/28/2002 11:43:24 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: NYer
complied with prison rules and razuicipated in treatment programs.

What Thesaurus did that word come out of? It's not in my Webster's or American Heritage Dictionary either.

27 posted on 06/28/2002 11:45:07 AM PDT by hattend
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To: sheik yerbouty; KantianBurke
It was on Long Island which is mostly Republican in voting.

That was true twenty years ago, but not anymore. Nassau and Suffolk have not gone Republican in a Presidential election since 1988.

28 posted on 06/28/2002 11:45:34 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: dighton; Orual
Any time this animal does anything -- jaywalking, littering, mopery with intent -- throw the book at him.

That would be profiling!

29 posted on 06/28/2002 11:46:16 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: Clemenza
At least here in Florida...

And, here in FL, people must serve a minimum of I believe "85%" of their prison terms -- not "two thirds" (66%) as in NY.
30 posted on 06/28/2002 11:49:35 AM PDT by summer
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To: Clemenza
I stand corrected. I've benn outta there for 10 years.
31 posted on 06/28/2002 11:52:42 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: aculeus
Ok, reckless eyeballing!
32 posted on 06/28/2002 11:53:24 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: sheik yerbouty
Are you sure? I don't think they've gone GOP since the 80's.
33 posted on 06/28/2002 11:53:58 AM PDT by KantianBurke
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To: summer
And, here in FL, people must serve a minimum of I believe "85%" of their prison terms -- not "two thirds" (66%) as in NY.

This I can never understand. If your sentenced to X years in jail, then darn garnit you should serve X years.

34 posted on 06/28/2002 11:55:28 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: sheik yerbouty
I stand corrected. I've benn outta there for 10 years.

Smart move, I've been outta there for twelve years, spending subsequent years all over da place, including NYC. Will never return to LI, although my childhood was largely positive there.

35 posted on 06/28/2002 11:59:28 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: NYer
Does anyone have the name of the diner in 1982,or other information which might enable one to pull up something on the original crime? The names of all five perps are so common, they pull up nothing of use.
36 posted on 06/28/2002 11:59:43 AM PDT by kaylar
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To: KantianBurke
Unfortunatly, the situation seems to have deteriorated since I left in '92.
37 posted on 06/28/2002 12:00:31 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: kaylar
Newsday ran the original story. Their archives might have it.
38 posted on 06/28/2002 12:01:42 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Clemenza
If I can convince my wife that we should return, it will be upstate.
39 posted on 06/28/2002 12:03:09 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: First_Salute
"razuicipated"

Don't you have to squeal like a pig when you are sufficiently razuicipated?
40 posted on 06/28/2002 12:04:37 PM PDT by myrabach
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To: kaylar
Sea Crest Diner, Old Westbury New York

There's something about it here, last two paragraphs

41 posted on 06/28/2002 12:11:34 PM PDT by rightisright
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To: dighton; aculeus
Michael, has enrolled in a sex offender treatment program that could lead to his release.

What a freakin' joke. As if.

Any time this animal does anything -- jaywalking, littering, mopery with intent -- throw the book at him.

Preferably, this book.

42 posted on 06/28/2002 12:16:21 PM PDT by Orual
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To: rightisright
Here is that part....

But perhaps no crime shocked Long Island more than the spree that involved 100 people and occurred in two places -- the Sea Crest Diner in Old Westbury and a house party in Plainview -- in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 29, 1982.

Five men, all from Brooklyn, invaded the Plainview party, forced 20 persons to take off their clothes, robbed them and sexually abused and raped women. Then they went to the diner, where they held about 75 people at gunpoint and ordered several men and women to have sex. One woman was raped in front of several diner patrons, people were pistol-whipped, blackjacked, shot in the buttocks; they were all made to strip and throw their valuables on the floor. Witnesses got a description of the car the men were in, and all five ultimately were arrested. All -- including two later convicted of a 1981 murder -- remain in prison. It was called by one judge "the most violent and obscene crime spree in the history of Nassau County."

Was race a factor in this crime?

43 posted on 06/28/2002 12:27:02 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: sheik yerbouty; rightisright
Thanks!
44 posted on 06/28/2002 12:27:21 PM PDT by kaylar
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To: johniegrad
Razuicipation

Isn't that against the law in 11 states?

45 posted on 06/28/2002 12:31:53 PM PDT by Just another Joe
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To: Just another Joe
Isn't that against the law in 11 states?

Don't think so ...
but mom said it will make you go blind.

48 posted on 06/28/2002 12:44:29 PM PDT by dread78645
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To: SkyPilot
Found a very small photo of one of the 5 here .You're supposed to be able to see a video, but it's been closed. Oddly enough, the article contains these words :"But thirty-nine-year old Robert Williams, the only one missing from this celebration picture taken right after a brutal Memorial Day crime spree in 1982, is one step closer to freedom." but the photo is no longer visible. Gee...I wonder if they're trying to NOT tell us something?
49 posted on 06/28/2002 12:59:39 PM PDT by kaylar
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To: Clemenza
"Remember that this happened on Long Island, one of the most anti-gun regions of the country. I grew up there so I know of what I speak"

This cant be true! if guns are not allowed there then this could never have happened!
50 posted on 06/28/2002 1:36:00 PM PDT by Feudal
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