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John Nuthall


October 4, 2018

PBA seeks tougher parole policies as families of murdered police officers testify to keep cop-killers in jail

Families of NYC Police Officers Anthony Abruzzo and Sean McDonald, who were murdered while intervening in different crimes, will present their victim’s impact statements to the NY State Parole Board on Friday, October 5th in hopes of keeping three cold-blooded cop-killers in jail while the PBA fights for tougher parole guidelines.  (Excerpts of family member’s testimony are below.)

Police Officer Anthony Abruzzo, 34, was shot and killed while off-duty when he intervened in the robbery of his father-in-law, Joseph Mehran, in front of Mehran’s home on December 16, 1981.  The perpetrators shot and killed the officer and fired multiple rounds at family members who followed PO Abruzzo out to the street.  Police Officer Sean McDonald, 26, was shot to death while arresting two armed robbers of a clothing store on March 15, 1994.  The officer was knocked to the ground during a fight and was shot five times in the back by the fleeing criminals.

PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said:

“We recognize that the judicious use of parole for certain offenses make sense, but never in the case of cop-killers.  That belief was codified in law when the Crimes Against Police Act of 2005 was adopted to make the murder of a Police Officer punishable by life imprisonment without parole.  Recent changes to the parole decision making policy, adopted by the Parole Board itself, have resulted in the release of the worst violent criminals in the system, including domestic terrorists who planned, set up and sadistically assassinated two uniformed police officers.  The unconscionable release of cold-blooded killers rarely occurred before the change in policy. 

“It is clear that the parole board must be governed by statute and not by politics.  The NYC PBA has been working with the state Legislature to enact a process into law that considers many factors, including, but not limited to the nature of the crime, impact on its victims and/or survivors, the activities of the inmate while incarcerated and the danger posed by release to the community when considering parole for an inmate.  Those policy decisions must not be left in the hands of political appointees many of whom are nothing more than self-proclaimed prisoner advocates.

“To that end, we have recently made suggestions to the State Legislature that are designed to bring parole policy into line with the spirit of the existing law of the state, specifically, the Crimes Against Police Act of 2005.”



Barbara Abruzzo, wife of murdered PO Anthony Abruzzo opposing parole of Tommy Nelson:

Robert Mehran, brother-in-law of PO Abruzzo opposing parole of Tommy Nelson – including a statement by the sentencing judge that he would have ordered the death penalty if the law allowed:

Theresa Mehran, sister-in law of PO Abruzzo, opposing parole of Tommy Nelson:

Andrew McDonald, brother of PO Sean McDonald opposing the release of Rodolfo Rodriguez, one of two convicted killers:

Andrew McDonald, brother of PO Sean McDonald opposing the release of Javier Miranda, the second of two convicted killers:


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The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the nation and represents nearly 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers.