The Destruction of Two Lives

A Bronx fender bender starts a deadly chain of events.
  1. The Shawangunk Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison, is in an old farm valley in Wallkill, a small hamlet with about 2,000 people in Ulster County. A half hour drive from the Trailways Bus Station in New Paltz, the prison is surrounded by empty meadows, with the cars in the parking lot representing the only sign of civilization. It was the second Sunday of December 2011, a sunny day with a clear sky, and the famous Mohonk Mountain House Resort, located on the Shawangunk Ridge, was visible in the distance. There was emptiness in the air, and the only sounds were of the numerous birds swooping down on the lawns near the prison.

    Eulogio Ocasio, 61, dressed in a dull, yellow full sleeve T-shirt, brown prison pants and black leather shoes, limped into the visiting room. The room’s walls were colored in light grey and blue, and were adorned with surrealistic paintings by former inmates. The ceilings were high, and white fluorescent lights illuminated the room. Ocasio had recen...

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