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Ex-militant who admitted role in 1971 killings of 2 NYC officers is again denied parole

February 25, 2014

<AP>NEW YORK — A former member of a militant group convicted of the 1971 killings of two New York City police officers has been denied parole for the sixth time.

The state Parole Board announced Tuesday that Herman Bell will remain incarcerated for at least another two years. After that, he may again appear before the board.

The 66-year-old was a member of the Black Liberation Army, a violent offshoot of the Black Panthers.

He and a co-defendant are serving 25 years to life in the execution-style slayings of Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini.

He recently admitted his role in the killings but maintains he's a political prisoner.

Bell's lawyer didn't return a request for comment.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association says those convicted of killing officers should never be paroled.