A woman was tied up, robbed and sexually assaulted in her own home, and the man accused of the crime should still have been in jail.
Despite his violent and lengthy criminal past, 35-year-old Edwin Glass was let out more than seven months early, thanks to the early release program.
This is a story multiple law enforcement sources confirm to Eyewitness News that Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration was trying to keep quiet from the media.
"The Malloy administration, there is no doubt about it in my mind, is actively engaged in a cover up of a scandal,” said Len Suzio, who is running for state senator.
On Sept. 4, a home invasion, robbery and sexual assault happened in East Hartford, where a woman’s innocence was taken away in minutes, and an entire neighborhood was robbed of their sense of security.
That bombshell of the incident dropped by Suzio, who is currently running for state senator.
"I was told by people in the police department in East Hartford that officials from the Malloy administration contacted them and asked them not to talk to the media about this issue,” Suzio said.
This is something Malloy denied.
"From my knowledge, no one called the chief of police,” in East Hartford, Malloy said.
Accused in the horrific crime, Edwin Glass, is a man some said should have never been able to allegedly commit the offense in the first place.
They said that’s because he should have been in jail for robbing two store clerks at gunpoint with a pistol, at Sam’s Market in Hartford in 2011.
He was sentenced to five years in jail, and given a release date of March 6, 2017, but according to the Department of Correction, he was released on July 27, 2016…more than seven months early.
"I think it's pretty kind of disgusting that he got out early,” said Jason Holbrook of East Hartford.
“I definitely think he shouldn't have been let out early. It would have avoided everything,” said Melanie Rodriguez, of East Hartford.
Officials with the Department of Correction said Glass was released because of the state’s Early Release program, passed by the legislature in 2011 and signed into law by Malloy.
It allows inmates to be released early for good behavior, except if they committed six crimes…murder, felony murder, arson murder, capital felony, home invasion, and first-degree aggravated assault.
Despite it being a violent crime, Glass’s conviction on first-degree robbery isn’t one of the six, so he not only had 100 days of jail credit, he had 167 days of risk reduction earned credit.
"You need to report that this person did 93 percent of their sentence and most other individuals who committed the same sentence would be out at 85 percent, so the idea that he received some sort of benefit isn't upheld by the reality of the story,” Malloy said.
The governor is correct. In fact, Glass had to serve more than 85 percent because he misbehaved behind bars.
In a statement, the Department of Correction said “Edwin Glass had periods of positive institutional adjustment during his five year term of incarceration; however, he forfeited 45 days of Risk Reduction Earned Credit and lost the potential to earn an additional 95 days based on non-compliance with programming and poor behavior."
Suzio said there’s a good reason Malloy’s administration wanted to keep Glass’ early release under wraps.
"They don't want the public to know because it's testimony to the blatant failure of the program and how CT citizens, men women and children, are paying for it with their lives and their safety. It's a scandal that needs to be exposed and politicians should be held accountable for this outrageous law,” Suzio said.
People in one East Hartford neighborhood are also questioning the law, which allowed Glass, who has been in and out of jail since 2007, to tie up their neighbor, rob her, assault her and then threaten her life, leaving her with these words, according to court documents…” Don't call the cops. If I see them in the area...it may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but I know where you live and I will come back and kill you."
"He had a lengthy amount of crime so in that case he definitely shouldn't have been let out,” Rodriguez said.
The East Hartford police chief also denies that a call was placed to the department by someone from the governor’s administration.
Meanwhile, Suzio has filed a civil lawsuit against Scott Semple, the commissioner of the Department of Corrections, for not releasing a quarterly report detailing the recidivism rates for inmates released early.
Suzio said that is required by a statute made effective last year.
As for Glass, he remains in jail on the latest criminal charges he is facing, a place many said he should have never left.
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