(photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/Governor's Office)
A year ago, almost to the day, Governor Cuomo gave me a second chance at life.
That is not an exaggeration. On October 26, 1988, I along with several co-defendants, was convicted of murder for my role in a robbery that went terribly wrong. The judge, known to be particularly harsh, sentenced me to 80 years to life. That meant that I would not be eligible for parole until I was 98 years old. I was 18 years old and facing the reality that I would die in prison.
I spent the next three decades fighting...