Cop-Killer Denied Parole Once Again
A Rockaway man who robbed an Edgemere social club in April of 1980, a robbery that officials say led directly to the shooting death of Police Officer Robert Sorrentino, has once again been denied parole, according to the cop’s family and sources at the New York State Parole Board.
Russell Carroll, the man involved in the robbery along with three accomplices, and who was convicted of murder in the second degree for the murder of the police officer, was turned down for parole in November of 2008, the last time he appeared before the board. Prisoners are eligible for parole hearings every two years. He was also denied parole in 2006 and 2005, when prisoners could get a hearing each year. He was first eligible for parole in 2005. 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, remains in his cell at the Eastern Correctional Facility in Ulster County awaiting his next hearing, in January of 2013.
Sorrentino’s sister told The Wave this week that she will speak out at Carroll’s parole hearing as long as she is alive. “I want [Carroll] to remain in jail until they carry him out, because he killed my brother. I want him to get out the way the others did,” said Edna Doyle, 62, Sorrentino’s sister and now his spokesperson. “I was there for the last three [hearings] and I will be there for the next one. I will be there as many times as necessary to see that he stays in prison.” On April 10, 1980, Carroll and three other men robbed approximately two dozen patrons in an illegal gambling and drinking club 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 subsequently tipped off police as to the location of the men. Several police officers who responded to the call saw the foursome and chased them to 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 Sorrentino and Jack Dowd, partners in one of the radio cars that responded, chased two of the men, who ran off in separate directions. 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 at a local hospital, but died two weeks later as a result of his wounds. 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 following a 1977 robbery. All four of the 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 actually does the shooting. They were also found guilty of numerous charges of robbery, criminal posse ssion of a weapon and resisting arrest.
Carroll is the only one still alive. The other three men died in custody. Many locals joined Sorrentino’s family in urging the parole board to turn down Carroll’s request. A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that the DA’s office has joined in the move to keep Carroll from being paroled. In 2005, an official of that office wrote to the parole board asking that Carroll be retained in the upstate prison. “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,” the letter from Brown said.
Edna Doyle says that Carroll told the parole board two years ago that he, “no longer wanted to live like he was, that he was getting older and it was becoming very stressful.” Doyle pointed to the fact that at least he was alive and her brother was not. Doyle, who is angry that Carroll would even be eligible for parole, said that he should remain in prison based not only on the murder of her brother, but on the other serious charges of which he was convicted.