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Cayuga Sheriff: Convicted murderer should never be allowed to go free

Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck is unhappy with the scheduled release of an 88-year-old man serving time for murder.

James R. Moore has served 59 years for 1962 murder

The Citizen reports James R. Moore, a former landscaper from the Rochester area, will be released around June 6 after serving 59 years for the 1962 murder of 14-year-old Pamela Moss of Penfield. Moore is the state’s longest-serving prison inmate. Schenck says Moore’s crime and others he admitted to are so heinous, that he should never be allowed to go free.

Why is a convicted murderer eligible for parole?

After being denied parole 20 times, the State Parole Board authorized his release at its April meeting. He had been sentenced to life without parole but became eligible after a change in state law. Although Moore does not have an official state-approved residence for when he’s released, he has said he wants to live in Cayuga County with his wife, Joyce Smith, a prison volunteer he met while serving time at the Auburn State Prison. Smith lives in Moravia.

Moore has done time at Attica and Auburn, among other facilities. He’s currently an inmate at the medical unit at Coxsackie Correctional Facility.

In confessing to Moss’ murder, Moore admitted to sexually molesting numerous other girls. Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck below.