Albany manslaughter suspect released under new bail reform law

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 02, 2020 11:12 PM
Created: January 02, 2020 01:04 PM

An Albany man facing manslaughter charges in a woman's death is now free under the state's new bail laws.

Paul Barbaritano was released Thursday.

Police arrested him in July. They say he killed 29-year-old Nicole Jennings in the Campus View Apartments near the state office campus.

Under new criminal justice reforms that went into effect Jan. 1, judges can no longer set bail of any kind except for the most violent crimes like murder.

"Today New York leaders failed to protect you," the Albany Police Officers Union said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon. "This man is alleged to have killed another human and he is now free, he is walking the same streets as you and your family members."

The statement called it a slap in the face to Albany police officers.

"It's an even bigger slap in the face to the family and friends of the victim who lost a loved one that day," the statement said.

Barbaritano is being represented by the Albany County public defender's office. They also issued a statement today.

"The new pre-trial laws were designed to promote fair and equal justice and improve the safety of our communities. Because of the court's decision today, we are connecting our client with the services and treatment that he needs," their statement said.

The public defender's office says the case is the result of a "horrific accident."

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