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New York's 'Club Kid Killer' Michael Alig released from prison

(Reuters) - An infamous former Manhattan party promoter, dubbed the 'Club Kid Killer' by tabloid newspapers for the 1996 death of a downtown partygoer, has been released from prison after serving 17 years, corrections officials said.

Michael Alig, 48, was a popular fixture in the '90s club scene in New York and gained notoriety for the killing of Andre "Angel" Melendez, whose body was chopped up and tossed into the Hudson River.

Alig and his friend Robert Riggs pleaded guilty to manslaughter in State Supreme Court in Manhattan in 1997. Alig was sentenced to ten to 20 years in prison.

Riggs told police that he knocked Melendez unconscious with a hammer and gave Alig 10 bags of heroin to chop up the body. He told police Alig and Melendez were fighting over a drug debt.

Melendez, known for wearing a costume of feathered wings, was a well-known figure in the downtown party scene.

Alig's infamy was revived in 2003 when he was portrayed by actor Macaulay Culkin in the biographical crime drama "Party Monster."

Following his release from the medium security Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, New York, on Monday, Alig tweeted a photo of himself with the caption, "Happy to be free and so grateful for this second chance."

"W/ all these cams following now I know what @KimKardashian feels like!" he tweeted.

Alig will remain on parole until November 2016, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said.

Riggs was released from prison in 2010.

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txblkleon May 07 2014 at 12:27 AM

I also cannot how a judge didn't give the man life for murdered and having the body chopped. As many have said here, there are pot sellers getting more jail time than that murder.

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jamestlogsdon txblkleon May 07 2014 at 3:42 AM

Hey probably did get life in prison, but got out early on parole.

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failte9 jamestlogsdon May 07 2014 at 3:57 AM

Hey James, re-read the story above the blog or comment section. It clearly states that he was sentenced to 10 to 20 yrs. (not LIFE). He served more than the minimum, but, less than the maximum. This seems awfully short for prison time for a gruesome murder, but, it's what the N.Y. Legislature established.

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bentbouy1 May 07 2014 at 8:31 AM

I dont get why these killers are ever let out of prison

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Hello Amelia May 07 2014 at 8:44 AM

We are a sick nation.

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mistcinda May 07 2014 at 8:47 AM

were voting for the wrong people. It will take years to fix this, if ever so we just need to learn to live with it

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GUNSLINGER May 07 2014 at 8:48 AM

If the Kenyan had a son??????

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Doug May 07 2014 at 8:50 AM

Obummer will pardon him.

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aristocat101 May 07 2014 at 8:52 AM

Why is he still alive he should have been killed, now he is free again.

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Ed May 07 2014 at 8:53 AM

So much for the death penalty or life in prison for murder. Pathetic.... our country is gone.

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Tiffany Ed May 07 2014 at 9:15 AM

there is no death penalty in ny

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phrankly Tiffany May 07 2014 at 9:26 AM


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d3oz May 07 2014 at 8:55 AM

Seventeen years for killing someone. That's a slap on the wrist. I am saddened for the family of the victim that their loved ones life was only worth 17 years. I wish that they would give these murderers the death sentence. This guy spent 17 years living off of the government and now he has been turned loose to kill someone else.

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EROXS THE BOX. May 07 2014 at 8:56 AM

It won't be long until we find him dead on the street from an overdose. Or he will be busted again for dealing drugs. Just like the Preppy Murder. People like this can not survive in the NYC street living honestly and clean. He's going to need money and he burned a lot of people while living the fast lane. We'll wait and see.

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