HARTFORD – The Judiciary Committee on Monday passed legislation, House Bill 5465, introduced by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and Nicole Klarides-Ditria that looks to prohibit criminals who were sentenced prior to the abolishment of good time credits from continuing to collect such credits.
“It is tragic what happened to Joyce Stochmal, and her family; having to watch her killer walk out of jail because he obtained good time credits is not right,” said House Republican Leader Themis Klarides. “Violent offenders should not be allowed to continue to collect these good time credits. I hope we can get this legislation passed in both chambers this session.”
“We should be protecting our communities from violent offenders not letting them back on the streets early,” Rep. Klarides-Ditria added. “This legislation will help protect our communities and make sure no one has to watch a violent criminal get out of jail early.”
The Klarides sisters co-authored this legislation last year after learning that David Weinberg, a convicted murderer sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder of Joyce Stochmal, was able to continue to collect good time credits towards a reduction of his sentence.
In 2017, David Weinberg was released from prison through a sentence modification. The court took into account these 12 plus years of credits in determining that he had served almost 40 years of his 60-year sentence. In fact, he had only been in prison for 26 years.
House Bill 5456 will now head to the House for a vote. Before this legislation can become law, it must pass both the House and the Senate.
Pictured – State Reps. Themis Klarides and Nicole Klarides-Ditria testify with Marianne Heffernan, the sister of Joyce Stochmal, in support of House Bill 5465 on March 28th in the Judiciary Committee.