Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Nigel Saunders was released from prison exactly one month before police said he tortured and brutally killed his former roommate.
Saunders, 25, was released from state prison Oct. 4 with no supervision despite violating parole twice during a three-year prison sentence.
A Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Spokeswoman Linda Foglia said Thursday the law required him to be released without further supervision despite his parole violations.
"Saunders served every possible day under parole supervision in accordance with the law ..." Foglia said.
Thirty days later, he would be charged with murder, attempted murder in the Nov. 4 killing on Mygatt Street.
Saunders and another suspect, Julian Talamantez, 21, broke into the home of Jordan Dordell, 23, where they tortured Dordell and his fiancee before killing him.
Dordell's fiancee Rachel, 19, is six months pregnant. Police say Rachel "played dead," and was able to escape through a basement window where the two were tied up, stabbed, doused with lighter fluid and set on fire. She and her baby are expected to survive.
Saunders sentence was "determinate," meaning it had an automatic release date instead of requiring him to go before a parole board that would grant him his release.
Both of Saunders' parole violations were for "absconding from supervision," Foglia said.
Saunders was serving time for attempted burglary in the second degree and attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.
Dordell's family said Saunders lived in the 32 Mygatt St. home during some of his parole.
Family members say Dordell forced Saunders out after he tried to steal from the home.
Dordell's brother Corey said his brother pressed charges against Saunders for the robbery. Binghamton City Court said there were no such records. A request from the Binghamton Police Department had not been answered as of late Thursday afternoon.
Less is known about the second suspect,Talamantez, other than Binghamton police his record includes an arrested for driving while intoxicated.