This is an editorial from my hometown paper about my offender who is looking for more comfortable digs
Keep Fentress in locked ward
April 7, 2006
Albert Fentress has made it the ripe old age of 65 and now he wants to be freed from the locked ward where he most certainly belongs.
A judge should reject his request and keep the confessed killer tightly confined.
Fentress committed one of the most horrific crimes in Hudson Valley history, sexually torturing, murdering and partially cannibalizing a Poughkeepsie teenager in 1979. He was found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial for those despicable deeds and has been confined to various mental institutions ever since.
Periodically, as allowed under state law, he has sought to be released or least housed in a less-secure facility, claiming he has been cured. Yet, during his confinement, Fentress, a former school teacher, has had trouble 'fessing up to the truth.
When Fentress made a bid for freedom in 2002, two former Dutchess County men came forward to testify he had molested them when they were children in spring 1979 — only a few months before Fentress killed and cannibalized Town of Poughkeepsie teen Paul Masters.
Fentress never told his psychiatrists about those incidents. At another point, he tried to conceal to at least one psychiatrist he had a valid New York state driver's license, realizing he might be considered a flight risk.
Killer wants out of Orange County hospital
This time, Fentress wants out of an Orange County mental hospital. He was sent there originally, but then moved to the less-secure Kings Park Psychiatric Center on Long Island in 1985. A state judge in Suffolk County sent him back to Orange after correctly determining Fentress needed more intensive treatment because he failed to disclose the incidents involving the two boys during his years of therapy.
He is again petitioning to be sent to a less-secure facility. He also wants the Suffolk judge to transfer the case to another judge in Orange, citing, in part, the inconvenience of travel for himself, doctors and counselors.
But the judge, James Catterson, has presided over this case for about five years. He has a clear picture of Fentress' history and the lengths the murderer will go to for more freedom.
Fentress' latest gambit to demonstrate he is cured and to gloss over his heinous record should be rejected by the court.
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