ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE APPROVED HIM TO WORK AS A SECURITY GUARD IN 2016
WORKED FOR FDNY, MOBILE MEDIC AT TIME OF MONTICELLO MURDER
MONTICELLO - A man extradited from the Poconos to the Catskills on Tuesday and facing a second-degree murder charge in the 2014 death of April Parker was previously convicted of first-degree manslaughter, according to records found by The SullivanTimes.
The suspect, Keymarroo Alvin Guiden, has plead not guilty in the 2014 cold case and is being held in Sullivan County Jail without bail, according to a report by News12 Hudson Valley.
Guiden, 48, was paroled in 2003 after serving a little more than 11 years in state prison (Otisville) following his manslaughter conviction in 1991, The SullivanTimes has learned. His sentence was a minimum of six years to a maximum of 18 years, records show.
Despite his background, J. Carolina Chavez - who at the time was serving as a New York State Department of State administrative law judge - approved Guiden to serve as a security guard on October 13, 2016.
"The applicant’s conviction stems from an altercation that took place on September 8, 1991, when the applicant was 18 years old," the judge wrote. "On that day, the applicant and a friend got into a confrontation with two teenagers who had recently robbed the applicant’s friend (State’s Ex. 4). “Words were exchanged” and the two teens pulled out guns (State’s Ex. 4). The applicant disarmed one of the teenagers and shot the other teenager in the process (State’s 4; transcript at 11). The teenager the applicant shot died as a result of his injury. The applicant has “great remorse” associated with his “unintentional” taking of a life (State’s Ex. 4)."
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"As an ALJ with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), I preside over applicant appeals and licensee disciplinary hearings and issue decisions in connection with those hearings," Chavez wrote on her LinkedIn profile under that job title.
In approving his application, the judge further noted that Guiden worked as an Emergency Medical Services Technician for the New York Fire Department (as late as 2016), where he was also a mandatory reporter for child abuse and endangerment. Her decision included that he was credited by the FDNY for rescuing a woman from a burning building in 2012.
The SullivanTimes today has reached out to Chavez by email for comment. Since July, she has been working as senior consultant and special counsel in the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.
Parker's decapitated body was found on June 10, 2014 behind an apartment complex in Monticello after the 31-year-old woman was reported missing to the Monticello Police Department on May 26, 2014, according to New York State Police.
Guiden, the father to one of Parker’s four children, was considered a person of interest in the case, Troop F of the State Police said, adding that the arrest was the culmination of a seven-year investigation. A grand jury indicted Guiden on December 1, the Troop F press release said on Tuesday.
Guiden's employment with Mobile Medic was confirmed by the suspect in a deposition taken in a personal injury lawsuit that he filed regarding a 2012 accident in Monticello. He said in that 2016 deposition that he had worked simultaneously for the New York Fire Department EMS (in the Bronx) and MobileMedic.
Records also show that Guiden was an adjunct lecturer at Bronx Community College. He is also shown to be working as a tow truck driver in the Bronx from November 2016 through October 2018.
In a 2009 guardianship case , the Appellate Division, First Department identified Guiden as "a paroled convicted felon."
(This is a developing story)