New York Daily News

March 27, 2010



Convicted cop killer
Lorenzo ‘Fat Cat’ Nichols offers
‘sincerest apology’ to victims in letter

BY Rocco Parascandola

Druglord Lorenzo (Fat Cat) Nichols, who ordered the execution of his parole officer 20 years ago, said he is just a shell of his former violent self and expects to remain jailed for life.

"I came to prison a brazen young man in my 20s and now I'm a humbled middle- aged man of 51."

"I have nothing but time to ponder my misdeeds," Nichols said in a letter to the Daily News.

"To the victims of my criminal activities, I offer my deepest regret and sincerest apology," he wrote.

But Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch dismissed the missive as "an apology of convenience."

"We can't go back in time and resurrect all the victims of this murdering mutt," Lynch said. "The only reason he stopped bringing death by guns and drugs to our streets is because we arrested and jailed him."

Nichols pleaded guilty in 1992 to the murder of his 34-year-old parole officer, Brian Rooney. Nichols ordered the 1985 killing because Rooney sent him to prison for a parole violation.

He also was linked to the slaying of NYPD cop Eddie Byrne, 22, who was executed while sitting in his patrol car in South Jamaica in February 1988.

The hit was carried out by a four-man team and ordered by jailed drug kingpin Howard (Pappy) Mason.

Authorities believe Nichols, who was Mason's street boss, sanctioned the killing. The four men who carried out the hit were convicted, but Nichols was never charged.

In his letter, Nichols bristled at the idea that authorities still connect him to Byrne's killing, in which he continues to deny.