Suspected serial shooter Burnside charged with armed robbery hours after leaving prison
A serial arson suspect, who was released without bail by a New York judge on Monday, entered a new investigation less than two hours later on armed robbery charges, according to the Attorney General’s Office Suffolk County District.
Amanda Burnside, the Southampton woman accused of setting three house fires, walked out on her own recognizance despite prosecutors’ request that the judge set bail at $500,000 or $1 one million.
A judge ordered her to report for supervised release within 72 hours.
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Instead, according to authorities, she waited less than two hours before she got a knife, entered the Dollar Tree store and attempted to rob it.
The fiasco prompted District Attorney Ray Tierney, the lead prosecutor in the Gilgo Beach serial killer case, to blast the state’s bail laws.
“Clearly, insufficient consideration was given to the dangerous nature of this defendant, who allegedly tried to set three homes on fire, as she allegedly committed another violent crime against within two hours of her rape,” Tierney said Monday night.
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“Furthermore, the danger that this defendant posed to society could not be adequately considered since danger is not a bail factor that judges can consider under New York State law.
New York’s nonpartisan bail reform laws have been a thorny issue for Democrats in the state and local jurisdictions.
Suffolk County Republican Ed Romaine will become the first GOP county executive in 20 years after an election victory last week.
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He campaigned hard against soft-on-crime policies, and ads supporting his campaign bluntly told county residents, “We don’t need another liberal.”
Republicans now control every countywide seat in Suffolk and Nassau counties — two suburbs east of New York City — and all four congressional seats in the region.