Carroll Defender: Enough Is Enough
By Howard Schwach
Treisha Cook thinks that Russell Carroll has served in prison long enough for his participation in a Far Rockaway robbery that led to the shooting death of Police Officer Robert Sorrentino in April of 1980.
“I don’t believe that Carroll was right for all the bad things he did, being part of the robbery and all,” Cook, who is Carroll’s daughter, said this week. “He did not kill the cop, and the real killer is where he needs to be. I believe that he has served enough time for what he did and he is paying for somebody else’s wrong doing.”
Carroll was involved in the Edgemere robbery of a social club along with three accomplices, and was convicted of murder in the second degree for the murder of the police officer.
He has been turned down for parole in January of 2011, the latest of the parole hearings that have turned him down since 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 in 2011 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 possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.
Carroll is the only one still alive. The other three men died in custody.
“He should go free this time,” Cook added. “He has a family and friends that miss him too. He had no plans to kill a cop that night.”