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STATE PAROLE OF SHAWCROSS ANGERS PAXON

Rep. Bill Paxon, R-Amherst, is blaming a state Parole Board "hand-picked" by Gov. Cuomo for release of a convicted child killer who turned up last summer as the accused murderer of 11 women in the Rochester area.

Paxon told the House in a floor speech that the board's release of Arthur Shawcross "is a good example of why New York needs the death penalty."

The speech was delivered at 3 a.m. Thursday at an all-night strategy session of Republicans on President Bush's anti-crime bill.

Shawcross had been serving a prison sentence for the rape-murder of an 8-year-old girl and the killing of a 10-year-old boy in the Watertown area when he was freed by the state Parole Board.

Paxon said Shawcross settled in Rochester. Police began finding the bodies of women who had been murdered one by one. Shawcross has been charged with 11 of these killings and is awaiting trial.

Paxon noted that Cuomo has vetoed every death-penalty bill the Legislature has approved. He urged the House to approve Bush's anti-crime bill, which creates three new categories of federal drug crime that are punishable by death: major drug trafficking, attempted murder to obstruct investigation of a drug crime and commission of a drug-related felony that results in death.

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