Mother of NY Murder Victim Says Failed NY Governor Kathy Hochul Should Face “Charges for the Crime” After Her Daughter Is Killed in Front of Her Children
The Gateway Pundit reported on the horrific murder of a mother of three in front of her children. Adam Bennefield was out of jail less than 24 hours after allegedly beating his estranged wife, Keaira Bennefield, thanks to failed New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s Less is More Act.
Despite the brutal assault and because he only faced misdemeanor charges, he was not allowed to be held under the New York State Penal Code bail law. The misdemeanors included third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree menacing and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.
Bennefield allegedly killed his 30-year-old wife in front of her young children on the morning of October 5th.
The Less is More Act gives more leniency to parolees and removes reasons to put parolees back behind bars. According the the New York Post, “It removes technical parole violations like being late for an appointment, missing a curfew or finding alcohol or drugs in urine samples. And the act would speed up the timeframe to judicial review for any violations.”
Keaira’s mother, Tammy Hudson, placed the blame squarely on Hochul’s shoulders. Hudson asserts that Hochul’s support for the no-cash bail law directly led to her daughter’s tragic murder. She told told the Post, “She should be charged for the crime. She’s also responsible for the crime.”
But Hochul insists that everyone else is to blame for rampant crime in New York, not her no-cash-bail laws.
The Democrat deflected blame from herself and instead pointed the finger at “the system” and “judges and “prosecutors” after Keaira was executed less than 24 hours after her estranged husband was sprung from jail on no bail over a caught-on-camera beatdown.
“The system absolutely failed her,” Hochul said at a Westchester rally when asked by The Post to respond to the victim’s distraught mom, who has blamed the governor for the barbaric murder.
“The system has to work. Orders of protection have to be granted, transition homes have to be available and we have to make sure that judges and prosecutors charge appropriately.”
The Post continues:
“Kathy Hochul desperately wants to point fingers at everyone for the Bennefield murder. Kathy Hochul should point fingers at herself and the cashless bail law in Albany,” upstate Rep. Elise Stefanik, the House Republican Conference Chair, told The Post.
“Kathy Hochul has failed New Yorkers at every turn. She owns the crime crisis and the devastating loss of life.”
“This is a disgusting, craven new low — even for her,” said Nick Langworthy, state GOP chairman and congressional candidate in upstate District 23 that includes Erie County.
“Kathy Hochul has the power to change these laws today but instead she was their biggest cheerleader and continues to double down,” he continued. “Keaira would still be alive today if she had acted. She is unfit to serve as governor and Election Day can’t come soon enough.”
Hochul’s absolute failure of leadership is showing in the polls in the lead-up to the mid-term elections on November 8th.
Republican Lee Zeldin took the lead, 48.4 to 47.6, over Hochul in the latest Trafalgar poll for the New York governor.
Zeldin expressed outrage over the murder, which highlights the abject failure of the act, and has called for bail reforms.
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