New York Daily News

April 23, 2005

No love for cop killer

By Carrie Melago

His search for post-prison romance was too much too soon.

A convicted cop killer who recently started searching the Internet for dates in anticipation of his release from prison has been denied parole.

Bruce Lorick, 47, won't be eligible again until April 2007 following the state Parole Board's ruling this week.

The decision relieved relatives and friends of Transit Officer Joseph Keegan, whom Lorick gunned down in 1980 after the cop ejected him from the Columbus Circle subway station for not paying the fare.

"New York State must continue to send the message, as it did in the case of Bruce Lorick, that if you kill a police officer, you should never expect to walk the streets a free person again," said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

Lorick was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life.

In its decision, the board cited Lorick's attempts to minimize his culpability in the crime, as well as his drug use, fighting and assault on prison workers while behind bars.

"You have demonstrated your total disregard for authority and for the sanctity of human life," the board said.

Lorick expected a different outcome if a personal ad he placed online is any indiction. "I can be a best friend or a husband with your help," he wrote.

Carrie Melago