A planned parole hearing in July for Fred Knapp, the former town comptroller for the Town of Beekman who has been in prison since 2015 for stealing more than $500,000 from the town, won't take place until next year.
"At this time, Fred Knapp is scheduled for his initial Board of Parole interview in January 2018," said Patrick Bailey, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. "His parole eligibility date is May 12, 2018."
Knapp was sentenced to serve three to nine year after pleading guilty to grand larceny for stealing more than $539,397 from the town. He has spent the past 10 months in the temporary release program at the Hudson Correctional Facility in Columbia County.
Bailey said the July 2017 date was based on Knapp meeting the criteria for a Merit Release: "He has not done so," he said.
Merit Time can be granted to certain non-violent inmates who have exhibited an acceptable disciplinary history and have achieved significant programmatic benchmarks, he added.
If they meet the benchmarks, the inmate can be granted a one-sixth reduction o off their minimum sentence.
According to the Bailey, temporary release programs allows "inmates who are within two years of their earliest release date to become reintegrated back into their families and communities on a gradual basis."
The Town of Beekman has recovered about $440,000 in insurance money, covering a chunk of money stolen by Knapp.
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