After Connie Russo was stabbed to death in 2005, her family lobbied for the passage of the law that allows for some violent sex offenders to be kept confined after they complete their sentence.
These two sex offenders convicted in Dutchess County are among the 322 currently being held under New York state’s civil commitment law.
Roderick Lancaster was sent to prison for 15 years in 2000 after pleading guilty to attempted rape.
He admitted trying to rape an 8-year-old girl in his Delafield Street apartment the previous year. The plea satisfied an indictment that had accused Lancaster of sexually abusing the girl on three occasions.
Lancaster is now appealing Dutchess County Judge Peter Forman’s ruling having him civilly confined.
Daryl Wood was 17 in 1994 when he forced his way into a Poughkeepsie home, held two college students at knifepoint and raped one and forced the other to undress.
His competence to face the charges was an issue for two years before he was deemed fit to stand trial. Wood then pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six to 18 years in prison.
While at the Auburn Correctional Facility in 1997, he tried to rape a nurse, landing him an additional prison term that left him not eligible for parole until 2013.
In 1998, he wrote what a prosecutor called a “lewd…