Governor Paterson says that in retrospect, he should have spoken to the victim's family before commuting the sentence of John Harris White yesterday.
White is the black man convicted in a racially charged shooting death of a white teenager, Daniel Cicciaro, on Long Island in 2006.
At a press conference Friday, Paterson said he spoke with Cicciaro's family that morning for nearly an hour.
"I would have not have changed my mind about the decision I made, but without going into detail, there were some issues that were raised by Mrs. Cicciaro that I will think about over the holidays," he said.
White was convicted of manslaughter for shooting the 17-year-old Cicciaro after he and his friends feuded with White's then 19-year-old son. White referred to the crowd that gathered in front of his home as a lynch mob.
White was released yesterday after serving five months.