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Killer of Westchester Mom Paroled Despite Objections

Jason Minter, former owner of Indian Road Cafe, 600 W.218th st. in upper Manhattan,  started an online campaign  to stop his mother's killer from being released from prison on parole. Despite that campaign, his mother's killer was granted parole and will soon be released pending housing arrangements. 

In 1978, a Westchester County jury  found Willie Profit, then 25 years old, and Samuel Ayala then, 26, both of Norwalk, Conn., guilty of all 28 charges against each of them in the March 1977 slayings of  two Lewisboro, N.Y., women.

The women, Sheila Watson and Bonnie Minter, were shot a total of 11 times in the back during a burglary of Mrs. Watson's home in South Salem, NY.

A third man, James Walls Jr., who remained outside most of the time, pleaded guilty to the slayings.

 Walls was paroled earlier this year, supported by Jason who believed that more than four decades behind bars was sufficient time served for his role in the crimes. Profit died  while incarcerated. 

However, Ayala, the main person in the homicides, has received parole and will be released shortly. He is 68.

Jason Minter was only 6 years old when he witnessed his mother's rape and murder. 

His mother, Bonnie Minter, had driven him to Sheila Watson's house where his 3-year-old sister was on a playdate. When they arrived, they walked in on a burglary in progress. 

The killers ushered everyone upstairs at gun point. There, they put the children in one bedroom and the women in another where they raped and shot them. Jason, tried to protect his mother but was stopped by a gun focused on his head. His mother begged for her children's life. And they heard it.
 
 Minter told the New York Post. 'I heard him as he got into the (getaway) van and joked about his sexual prowess.'He thought it was funny,' Mr Minter added. 'He’s a monster who should never ever get out of prison.'
 
Ayala stated, “I was using drugs, I didn’t care for myself, I didn’t care for nobody, unfortunately, and the crime took place,” 
 
Jason will be a guest tomorrow, September 7, 2020 on Westchester Eye on the Radio. Tune in from 3-4pm at 1460AM or listen on line at www.wvox.com.
 
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Editor's Note:  The show aired on 9/7/2020.  This is the link to the archive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgkBLbxYEgM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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