New York Daily News

Kin push to keep cop killer jailed

By Bob Kappstatter and Ernie Naspretto

September 13, 2006—The family of a cop slain 24 years ago will testify before the Parole Board in hopes that his killer will remain behind bars.

"Without the death penalty, cop killers should never see the light of day," Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said yesterday through a spokesman.

"We will be supporting this family throughout this latest ordeal to ensure this killer stays in prison."

The family will testify Friday.

On Feb. 11, 1982, Samuel Hamilton and two accomplices pulled guns on off-duty Officer James Carragher, 56, while robbing the cop in front of his Brooklyn home.

The officer pulled his own weapon and gunfire erupted.

Carragher was hit in the chest but managed to fire five rounds, one of which struck Hamilton in the stomach.

Hamilton ran from the scene and went to Kings County Hospital, where he told cops he had been shot in a robbery. Police did not believe him, but could not arrest him because there was no evidence - the bullet had passed through his body.

Ten months later, cops developed new evidence, and Hamilton was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Hamilton, 45, will appear before the Parole Board next month.