via Killer in 1973 Rockland murders deported. h/t the Darkside
Convicted killer Samir Zada has been released from prison and deported to Jordan after 40 years behind bars for the brutal killings of a dance teacher in Spring Valley and a Congers plumber.
Zada, 58, was paroled Feb. 24 into the custody of U.S. immigration officials “for deportation only,” according to the state Department of Corrections and federal immigration officials.
His Elysian Avenue family — notorious in the South Nyack area for murder, drugs and violence during the 1970s — hails from Jordan.
Zada had been denied early release from a sentence of 25 years to life since becoming eligible in 1999.
State parole officials last denied Zada early release in March 2013, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took custody of him under a program to deport foreign-born criminals. A total of 14,217 criminals have been taken by ICE between 2003 and 2013 under its Institutional Removal Program for either immediate deportation or transfer to ICE custody.
ICE spokesman Vincent Picard said Zada has been deported to Jordan after being placed on conditional parole by the state Department of Corrections. Zada’s prison term is considered over and he will be free in his home country.
Zada was convicted of murdering Jerry Stout, a dance instructor, on July 27, 1973, at Stout’s Regency Village apartment in a robbery. After he and two cohorts beat Stout, Zada shot him in the head.
The stolen items included a $20 glass ring that Zada wanted, authorities said. Zada, then 17, and two friends had targeted Stout, whom Zada met in a Nyack bar frequented by gay men.
Two weeks before Stout’s murder — on July 15, 1973 — Zada killed Congers plumber Christian Gunther after he and two accomplices called him for a phony emergency. Zada and the accomplices drove Gunther to Blauvelt State Park, where Zada shot Gunther when he fought back. They took $90.
“The Zada brothers and family were all somewhat infamous,” said Rockland County Undersheriff Robert Van Cura, a former South Nyack police chief. “He’s a very dangerous guy.”
Zada’s youngest brother, Amer, was convicted of sodomizing and murdering Shirley Smith of Nyack on June 15, 1979. She had been stabbed 26 times. He was convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy and has been denied parole since 2005.
Van Cura said Samir Zada remains a prime suspect in the 1971 murder of Florence Kalbach, 84, of South Nyack. The family patriarch, Baker Zada, twice served jail time for felony assault and shooting a police officer, Harry Nolan.
A third brother, Nazir Zada, spent years behind bars for pimping and weapon possession. He died of a drug overdose while on parole after he swallowed a balloon filled with heroin, intending to smuggle it to his brother in prison, Van Cura recalled.
Former Rockland District Attorney Kenneth Gribetz prosecuted the Zada brothers and called them “the family that preys together” in his 1989 book, “Murder Along the Way: A Prosecutor’s Personal Account of Fighting Violent Crime in the Suburbs.”
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