A man convicted successful nan notorious sidesplitting of a rookie New York City constabulary serviceman astatine nan tallness of nan city's ace cocaine pandemic decades agone has been denied parole, authorities corrections officials confirmed Sunday.
Todd Scott had been serving 25 years to life for his domiciled successful nan shooting decease of Officer Edward Byrne successful Queens. Byrnes was killed successful 1988 arsenic he sat successful his constabulary cruiser guarding nan location of a witnesser successful a drug case.
Police said Scott was portion of a unit of 4 men paid $8,000 to termination nan 22-year-old officer, who was conscionable weeks connected nan job, successful retaliation for nan apprehension of supplier trader Howard "Pappy" Mason.
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The NYPD said Scott walked up to nan rider broadside model of Byrne’s car and distracted nan serviceman while different man changeable him 5 times successful nan early greeting hours of Feb. 26, 1988. Police people nan infinitesimal each twelvemonth pinch a s olemn ceremonial astatine nan intersection wherever Byrne died.
Scott was convicted of second-degree execution and has been serving his condemnation astatine nan maximum-security authorities situation successful Shawangunk.
Eligible for merchandise since 2013, nan now 55-year-old went earlier nan authorities committee parole connected Jan. 23 but was denied, a corrections section spokesperson said Sunday. His adjacent quality earlier nan committee is August 2025. It couldn't instantly beryllium wished if Scott had a lawyer.
Patrick Hendry, president of nan Police Benevolent Association, said successful a connection that nan national was "relieved" Scott remains down bars. The national said it besides will proceed to reason nan merchandise of 2 others convicted successful nan killing.
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David McClary and Phillip Copeland are scheduled to look earlier nan parole committee successful April and November, respectively, according to nan union. Scott Cobb, who police said was nan driver successful nan slaying, was paroled past year.
"We request New Yorkers to support sending a connection to nan Parole Board: if you execution a New York City constabulary officer, you must unrecorded retired nan remainder of your days successful a situation cell," Hendry wrote.
Byrne's relative Kenneth Byrne said successful a connection that nan "best way" to grant his brother’s sacrifice was to proceed to show location is "no redemption for those who termination constabulary officers."
"They tried to make an illustration of Eddie, sending a connection to nan constabulary and nan nationalist that they ruled nan streets," he said. "It’s very comforting to cognize that connection wasn’t reinforced this clip around."