Governor grants release of felon in Norwich 2000 homicide

ALBANY – New York Governor David Paterson commuted the 15-year prison sentence of a woman convicted of participating in the Norwich robbery and murder of Edward Pastore, Jr. in 2000.

The Governor granted clemency Wednesday to Joanne Carroll, 43, of Staten Island, who had at least six and a half years remaining on her 15- year sentence before she would have been eligible for parole.

Paterson said Carroll had dedicated herself to becoming a productive member of society in prison “by excelling in education, vocational, and volunteer programs." He also said she had remorse for her crime and had endured a “troubled childhood” and “drug addiction.”

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