Berkshire Eagle — Pittsfield, Mass.
Hudson, NY — Four days after he was arraigned for murdering a 73-year-old woman last November, questions remain about why Shaiqul Islam was released by federal immigration authorities only six weeks before the alleged incident occurred. — Islam, who was arraigned on Tuesday in Columbia County Court, has been charged with the Nov. 20 slaying of 73-year-old Lois Decker of Hillsdale, a former lunch lady at a local school who has been described by neighbors as sweet and affable. — Decker was strangled to death in her own home. — Islam, who lives in Hudson, is a Level 2 sex offender who served two years in prison after he was convicted in 2008 of promoting a sexual performance of a child, a felony, for taking lewd photographs of a 12-year-old girl. He is not an American citizen but has lived in Columbia County since he was 8 years old, according to law enforcement officials. — According to Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka, a federal immigration judge ordered Islam be deported to his native Bangladesh in December 2008. But Islam never was… Read More