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Grasso Travels To New York For 20-Year Prison Term

October 31, 1993

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ A two-time murderer who was hours away from execution in Oklahoma earlier this month was where he least wanted to be Saturday - a New York state prison.

Thomas Grasso, 30, arrived at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, N.Y., Saturday night, said state corrections spokesman James Flateau.

He was later taken to another state prison to begin serving a 20-year sentence for killing a New York City man. For security, authorities would not give the name of the prison.

Grasso had wanted to be executed in Oklahoma for murdering a Tulsa woman, but New York demanded that he first serve the 20-year prison sentence. His execution, scheduled for Oct. 19, was halted with about 12 hours to spare.

Grasso was driven 1,400 miles from Oklahoma, and spent Friday night in Ohio, Flateau said.

At Sing Sing, a silent Grasso was frisked, fingerprinted and given a medical exam and inmate clothing. Just after 10 p.m., he was placed in a van and began the trip to what Flateau described only as a long-term facility.

Oklahoma resisted New York’s attempts to win Grasso’s return. But after a series of legal battles between the states and bickering between their governors, a judge ruled in New York’s favor.

Grasso’s attorney has vowed to appeal the latest decision.

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