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Former Anti-Crime Activist Powell Gets 25 Years For Murder
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Former Anti-Crime Activist Powell Gets 25 Years For Murder


Victoria E. Freile, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Former Rochester anti-violence advocate Joyce E. Powell received the maximum prison sentence for killing a man in 1992 in Orleans County.

Powell, 49, was convicted of second-degree murder in May 2011 in the death of John Rutledge, 37, of Rochester, who was found dead in a ditch on the side of Sawyer Road in Carlton, Orleans County, on June 6, 1992. He had been shot several times.

Orleans County Court Judge James P. Punch on Monday sentenced Powell to 25 years to life in prison, said County District Attorney Joseph Cardone. The sentence will begin when Powell completes a 16-year prison term, for a 2007 conviction on burglary and assault charges.

At yesterday’s sentencing, Powell “did not take responsibility for her actions,” Cardone said. “She’s got such a horrendous record. What she did here was just disturbing.”

Powell and Shaliq Reed, 36, were charged with the slaying in December 2009. State Police said Powell and Reed were involved in drug trafficking with Rutledge and alleged they killed him in a dispute over money.

Reed, who is serving a prison term of 25 years to life for fatally shooting a Rochester man in a dispute over a woman in 1997, was acquitted by a jury after a trial in September.

Cardone said Powell claimed she was “railroaded” and on Monday told Punch she felt sorry for Rutledge’s family.

Powell became an outspoken anti-violence advocate after her release from prison in 1995, after she had served two years on a drug conviction. She became a minister and self-proclaimed anti-crime activist. Her efforts intensified in 2000 after her son was shot to death during an argument over drugs.

In 2007, she was convicted in connection with an October 2006 incident in which a woman was beaten in her Copeland Street home, pepper-sprayed and tossed through a front window. The woman suffered a fractured spine and lacerated spleen.

 Powell is currently housed in the Bedford Hills prison in Westchester County.



Twitter: @vfreile


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