2005-02-25 / Front Page

Parole Denied For Cop Killer

Prisoner 82-A-0199 is back in the cell at the Eastern Correctional Facility in Ulster County that has been his home for nearly 25 years. It is likely that he will remain there for at least two more years and possibly for the rest of his life.

Prisoner 82-A-0199 is Russell Carroll, a man who was found guilty of second degree murder of a police officer and a slew of other crimes, including nearly 100 counts of robbery, on December 10, 1981. He has been in prison since that time and his first parole hearing was held on February 9 of this year. The three-member parole board that heard his case denied his parole request and “held him over for 24 months,” according to Scott Steinhardt, a spokesperson for New York State Division of Parole. That means Carroll will be eligible for another parole hearing in February of 2007.

On April 10, 1980, Carroll and four other men robbed approximately two-dozen patrons in an illegal club.

According to Charles Testagrossa, an executive for the Queens DA, the five men fled police who responded to the call. Police chased them to a dead end nearby St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church on Beach 19 Street and Central Avenue, where the men left the car and fled police on foot. Police Officers Robert Sorrentino and Jack Dowd, partners in one of the radio cars, chased the men, who ran off in separate directions. Police Officer Sorrentino followed one of the defendants, Marcel Marable, into the dark schoolyard at the church. Marable shot the cop five times. Sorrentino underwent 15 hours of emergency surgery but died two weeks later.

All of the defendants were charged with murder and Carroll is the only one left alive. Many locals urged the Parole Board to not parole Carroll.

His neice, Leann Doyle, started an on-line petition that drew several thousand “signatures.”

“My family, still grieving from the loss of my Uncle Bobby does not want this man to go free,” Doyle told The Wave late last year.

Her mother, Edna Doyle, Sorrentino’s sister, was more emphatic.

“I don’t want him to get out,” she said. “I want him to leave the way the others did.”

Testagrossa chimed in with his own opinion in a November 23, 2004 letter to the Parole Board.

“In light of the exceptionally serious nature of the crime for which this defendant was convicted, and as a result of which the life of PO Robert Sorrentino was lost, the District Attorney strenuously opposes release consideration and recommends that this individual remain incarcerated for the maximum possible term.”

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