Connecticut’s 10 biggest news stories of 2021 – Middletown Press

Michael Cox and his mother, Stephanie Hyman, taken while she was visiting him in prison.

Michael Cox and his mother, Stephanie Hyman, taken while she was visiting him in prison.

Stephanie Hyman / Contributed photo

On Nov. 19, the Board of Pardons and Paroles granted Michael Cox — who has failing kidneys but has survived two bouts with COVID-19 since the pandemic began — a commutation, the first it has granted since 2019. Cox, 49, who is serving a 75-year sentence for a string of violent crimes he committed on 1991, pleaded guilty to murder, felony murder, aiding and abetting manslaughter, and second-degree assault with a firearm.

Cox has several medical issues such as chronic renal failure, anemia, diabetes and a low red blood cell count. This requires him to use a walker or wheelchair to get around. A mitigation specialist wrote in a document dated July 7, 2020, that the Department of Correction classified Cox as having a medical score of 5, needing 24-hour nursing care for an extended period of time.

After hearing his case, the board knocked 30 years off what was left of Cox’s 75-year sentence, making him suddenly eligible for compassionate release, a form of parole only available to inmates who suffer from terminal or very serious illness that could be mitigated by a commutation, said Richard Sparaco, the board’s executive director.

– Mark Zarektsky and Kelan Lyons

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