CATSKILL — The Greene Correctional Facility inmate accused in the death of his cellmate would have been eligible for parole next week, authorities said Tuesday.
Anthony Paradise, 40, of Ballston Spa was arraigned Tuesday on a sealed indictment handed down by a Greene County grand jury for second degree murder based on an incident that took place at the medium-security state prison in the town of Coxsackie, according to the Greene County District Attorney’s office Tuesday.
Paradise is charged with causing the strangulation death of his cellmate, Delmus Tanner, 38, according to a statement issued Tuesday afternoon by the district attorney’s office.
Tanner, who is from Albion, Orleans County, died Nov. 9, 2018, according to the district attorney’s office.
Paradise used a piece of clothing to strangle Tanner, Greene County District Attorney Joseph Stanzione said Tuesday.
Paradise’s motive is unclear.
“We have a few ideas but nothing we’re prepared to release at this time,” Stanzione said.
Paradise has been transferred to the Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone. His case will reviewed May 28, Stanzione said.
If convicted, Paradise could remain behind bars for the rest of his life, Stanzione said.
“Easily, 25 to life is a possibility,” Stanzione said.
Paradise was serving time on a conviction for third-degree robbery, a class D felony, in Saratoga County in May 2018, Stanzione said.
“He was up for parole next week,” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
Paradise would have become eligible for parole April 17, according to doccs.ny.gov, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.
Paradise was sentenced to 16 months to 4 years in prison, which he started serving in Washington County.
“He was transferred to Greene in October,” Stanzione said, adding that Paradise was accused of misconduct where he was previously incarcerated.
Tanner began serving his sentence at Greene Correctional for third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class C felony, in January 2016.
Tanner was scheduled for a parole hearing in August and had a conditional release date of Oct. 15, according to doccs.ny.gov.
He is survived by his three children, Mason and Riley Tanner and Cayden Cook; six siblings, Amanda (Mitchell) Hansler, Kristina Erica, Randy and Carlos Williams and Miguel Sanchez; his parents Lorena Cox and Charles Tanner and his birth mother Cheryl (Williams) Nichols; and his grandmothers Roxie Nichols and Jonie Williams, according to his obituary.
The indictment was the result of an intensive investigation conducted by New York State Police, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Greene County District Attorney’s Office.