2008-12-19 / Top Stories

Parole Denied For Cop Killer

By Howard Schwach

The local man who robbed an illegal Edgemere gambling den along with three accomplices in April of 1980, a robbery that prosecutors argued led directly to the shooting death of Police Officer Robert Sorrentino, has been denied parole once again, and will remain at the Eastern Correctional Facility for at least two more years.

Russell Carroll, who was involved in the robbery, and who was convicted of second-degree murder in connection with Sorrentino's death, was last turned down for parole in 2007. A spokesperson for the state's parole board confirmed that his parole had been denied and said that he will next be eligible in 2010.

Carroll, who has been Prisoner 82-A- 0199 since he was found guilty in Queens Supreme Court of murder and nearly 100 counts of robbery on December 10, 1981, told the parole board members that he was tired of being in prison and that he was getting older and prison living was becoming very stressful.

On April 10, 1980, Carroll and his accomplices robbed approximately two dozen gamblers on Beach 34 Street. Published reports at the time said that some of the men who were robbed followed the four men as they fled the scene and subsequently tipped off police as to where the four were hiding.

Several police officers from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway saw the foursome and chased them to the St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church on Beach 19 Street and Central Avenue, where the men left their car and fled on foot.

Police Officers Sorrentino and Jack Dowd, partners in one of the radio cars, chased two of the men, who ran in separate directions.

Sorrentino chased one of the defendants, later identified as Marcel Marable, into the dark courtyard.

Marable shot Sorrentino five times, prosecutors said. He was captured a few hours later.

Sorrentino underwent five hours of emergency surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Far Rockaway, now St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

He died two weeks later as a result of his wounds.

All of the four defendants were charged with murder and were convicted under a state law that says that any person involved in a murder is as guilty as the person who pulled the trigger.

Carroll is the only one of the four still alive. The others all died in prison.

Edna Doyle, Sorrentino's sister, has attended every parole hearing, including the one earlier this month.

She told The Wave that Carroll should remain in jail based not only on the murder charge, but on the other serious charges of which he was convicted, as well.

She said that she hopes that Carroll dies in prison, just like the other three men who were convicted of killer her brother.

"My family is still grieving after 28 years," she said. "We don't want to see [Carroll] go free."

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