Parole Denied Again For Convicted Cop Killer
By Howard Schwach
A man who robbed an Edgemere social club with three others in April of 1980, a robbery that led directly to the shooting death of Police Officer Robert Sorrentino, lost his bid for parole after 26 years in prison and must wait until 2009 for his next hearing, New York State Parole Department officials say.
Russell Carroll, who has been Prisoner 82-A-0199 since he 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, will remain in his cell at the Eastern Correctional Facility in Ulster County for at least two more years, and perhaps for the rest of his life, officials say.
On April 10, 1980, Carroll and four other men robbed approximately two-dozen patrons in an illegal gambling and drinking club in on Beach 43 Street in Edgemere.
Published reports in The Wave at the time say that some of those who were robbed followed the four men as they fled the scene and that they subsequently tipped off police as to the location of the men.
Police who responded to the call saw the men and chased them to the 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 that responded, chased two of the men, who ran off in separate directions.
Police Officer Sorrentino followed one of the defendants, later identified as Marcel Marable, into the dark churchyard. Marable shot the cop five times, officials said. He was captured a few hours later.
Sorrentino underwent 15 hours of emergency surgery but died two weeks later.
At the time of the shooting, Marable was free on parole after serving 15 years for bank robbery. Carroll was being sought by police after skipping bail after a 1977 robbery.
All four of the defendants were charged with murder and were convicted under a state law that says any person involved in a murder is as guilty as the person who actually does the shooting.
Carroll is the only one still alive. The others all died in custody.
Many locals joined Sorrentino's family in urging the Parole Board to turn down Carroll's request.
His niece, Leann Doyle, started an on-line petition page that drew 2,116 signatures since it was posted on October 12 of last year.
"My family, still grieving from the loss of my Uncle Bobby does not want this man to go free," Doyle told The Wave when Carroll first came up for parole in February 0f 2005.
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."
A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that the DA's office joined in the move to keep Carroll from being paroled.
In 2005, an official of that office wrote, "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 Police Officer Robert Sorrentino was lost, the District Attorney strenuously opposes release consideration and recommends that this individual remain incarcerated for the maximum possible term."
A family member, who asked not to be identified, said last week, "My family is still grieving after 25 years. We do not want to see [Carroll] go free."
The family added that they expected to remain active in 2009 in an attempt to see Carroll die in prison.