Julie Killian's Statement on the Parole of Herman Bell
New York State Senate candidate Julie Killian made the following statement today regarding the parole of Herman Bell:
"Herman Bell ambushed and murdered two New York Police Department officers, Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones, in 1971, later killing San Francisco police Sgt. John Young in a separate incident, but unbelievably, he has been granted parole.
"Officer Piagentini is said to have begged for his life after referring to his wife and two young children, aged 3 years and 15 months, but Bell still shot Officer Piagentini with his own gun.
"The deaths are heartbreaking but granting parole to this person is absolutely appalling. A cold-blooded murderer of three brave officers should never walk free. I believe in rehabilitation, but not when you take a life with no remorse.
"Those members of the New York State Parole Board who voted to grant parole should be immediately relieved of their duties for allowing a person who perpetuated such a heinous crime to walk free."