Parole Board decides whether to release rapist of former real estate agent

Parole Board decides whether to release rapist of former real estate agent


LAST FALL WE INTRODUCED YOU TO A LOCAL WOMAN WHO HAD BEEN BRUTALLY ATTACKED 25 YEARS AGO WHILE SHE WORKED AS A REALTOR. HER ATTACKER WAS COMING UP FOR PAROLE IN ATTICA — AND SHE WAS TERRIFIED THAT HE WOULD BE RELEASED. TONIGHT WE KNOW WHAT THE PAROLE BOARD DECIDED. RAMONA BANTLE-FAHY WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS SARDINIA HOME 24 YEARS AGO… (DISSOLVE TO HOUSE) THIS IS THE HOUSE ON MIDDLE ROAD WHERE A STRANGER BEAT HER, RAPED HER AND KIDNAPPED HER. ((DIDN’T DISGUISE HIMSELF. HE SEEMED LIKE A REGULAR PERSON, WHO WOULD BE LOOKING TO BUY A HOUSE..)) RAMONA WAS A 33 YEAR OLD REAL ESTATE AGENT IN 1992. THE HOUSE WAS FOR SALE & SHE TOOK A CALL FROM A MAN WHO WANTED TO SEE THE HOUSE ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON. SHE WENT TO MEET HIM ALONE. ((RAMONA BANTLE-FAHY/ASSAULT SURVIVOR — PUNCHED ME, JUMPED ON ME, PULLED MY HANDS BEHIND MY BACK. SAID DON’T SCREAM I HAVE A KNIFE AND TIED ME, HANDS.)) THE MAN WHOM RAMONA DESCRIBED TO POLICE FOR THIS COMPOSITE SKETCH….RAPED HER, THEN PUSHED HER DOWN THE STAIRS, SHOVED HER INTO TRUNK OF HIS CAR AND STARTED DRIVING. SOMEHOW SHE GOT HER HANDS FREE. ((STAND UP HERE…..RAMONA KEPT WORKING ON THAT TRUNK LOCK. SHE WAS ABLE TO GET IT OPEN ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE THAT SHE WAS HERE ON ROUTE 16 IN DELEVAN. AND WHEN THE CAR SLOWED DOWN FOR THESE SPEED LIMIT SIGNS, SHE JUMPED OUT OF THE TRUNK AND RAN.)) ((RAMONA BANTLE-FAHY/ASSAULT SURVIVOR — I FLEW OUT. I DIDN’T CARE ABOUT THE ASPHALT, ABOUT SCUFFING MYSELF UP, BECAUSE IT CERTAINLY COULDN’T BE ANY WORSE THAN WHAT I HAD ALREADY JUST BEEN THROUGH .)) RAMONA FOUND HELP IN THIS TRAILER PARK…AND BY THE NEXT DAY..THE SUSPECT’S IMAGE AND A DESCRIPTION OF HIS CAR WERE PRINTED AND BROADCAST ACROSS THE AREA. ACTING ON TIPS..POLICE ARRESTED 30 YEAR OLD DAVID GRACZYK. HE HAD A PRIOR CONVICTION FOR OBSCENE PHONE CALLS, AND BREAKING INTO A LANCASTER HOME TO STEAL WOMEN’S UNDERWEAR. HE WAS ALSO A STATE PRISON GUARD. ((NEWS STORY 21:29:04—12….RICH NEWBERG — GRACYZK LIVES HERE WITH HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN. NEIGHBORS WHO ARE QUITE SHAKEN BY THE ARREST PROMISED HIS WIFE THEY WOULD NOT TALK ABOUT THE FAMILY.)) GRACZYK PLEADED GUILTY TO 8 COUNTS AGAINST HIM INCLUDING RAPE,KIDNAPPING, AND SEXUAL ABUSE. JUSTICE MARIO ROSETTI LISTENED TO RAMONA’S STORY AND REFERRED TO THE LETTERS OF MANY OTHER LOCAL REALTORS WHO DESCRIBED THE FEAR THEY FELT ON THE JOB BECAUSE OF GRACZYK’S ACTIONS. HE SENTENCED GRACZYK TO UP TO 114 YEARS IN PRISON….BUT BECAUSE OF A SENTENCING STATUTE — THE PRISON TERM BECAME 25 TO 50 YEARS. ((RAMONA BANTLE-FAHYASSAULT SURVIVOR –WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO GET RID OF THE EVIDENCE? THAT’S WHAT THE JUDGE SAID.WHY WOULD YOU PUT HER IN THE TRUNK OTHER THAN TO GET RID OF THE WITNESS. THEN NO ONE COULD TESTIFY AGAINST YOU. )) WHEN WE MET RAMONA LAST FALL, SHE WAS PREPARING A VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT AND ASKING OTHER LOCAL WOMEN TO WRITE LETTERS BECAUSE HER ATTACKER WAS COMING UP FOR PAROLE IN ATTICA. THE POSSIBILITY THAT HE COULD WALK FREE TERRIFIED HER. ((RAMONA BANTLE-FAHYASSAULT SURVIVOR —SO YOU ARE FEARFUL OF HIM. OH TOTALLY FEARFUL, YES..)) A FEW DAYS AGO — RAMONA GOT WORD THAT THE PAROLE BOARD HAS JUST DENIED DAVID GRACZYK’S PAROLE FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS….SHE TOLD ME “I WAS RELIEVED. I DON’T FEEL TERRIFIED ANYMORE.” SHE ESPECIALLY WANTS TO THANK THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WROTE TO THE PAROLE BOARD SEEKING TO KEEP HER ATTACKER BEHIND BARS.SHE’S BEEN TOLD THERE WAS AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO HER PLEA. SHE SAYS “IT TOOK EVERYBODY. FOR WHATEVER YOU CONTRIBUTED, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CARE.” RAMONA WENT PUBLIC WITH HER PAST BECAUSE SHE SAYS SHE HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO OTHER WOMEN. SHE STILL HAS THE RED PAPER ‘SURVIVOR’ HEART SHE WORE IN COURT ALMOST A QUARTER CENTURY AGO. …SHE MADE A DETERMINED CHOICE TO SPEAK OUT ON BEHALF OF VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME–AND NOW SHE SAYS SHE HOPES OTHER WOMEN WILL FIND THE STRENGTH TO TAKE A STAND. . ((.RAMONA BANTLE-FAHYASSAULT SURVIVOR — I’M SPEAKING FOR ALL THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN THAT WERE VICTIMS OF THESE CRIMES BECAUSE I CAN. IT ISN’T EASY, BUT I’M STRONG — STRONG ENOUGH. .)) THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN THAT WERE VICTIMS OF THESE CRIMES BECAUSE I CAN. IT ISN’T EASY, BUT I’M STRONG — STRONG ENOUGH. .)) WHILE THE PAROLE BOARD VOTED TO KEEP GRACZYK IN PRISON THIS TIME….HE’LL BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE AGAIN IN TWO YEARS…AND EVERY TWO YEARS FROM NOW ON. I ASKED RAMONA HOW SHE CAN LIVE WITH THAT UNCERTAINTY…AND SHE TOLD ME…”I JUST HAVE TO TRUST THE SYSTEM.”

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