Cop killer granted parole decades after the cold-blooded murders

Herman Bell, who was accused of the brutal murder of two New York City police in 1971, was granted parole.


A cold-blooded killer who shot two New York City police almost a half-century ago is set to walk after he was granted parole.

Herman Bell, a former Black Revolutionary Army thug who lured Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones on a housing project in 1971, was amnestied recently – despite previous parole board rejection of previous bids that are argued to liberate Bell “would be the depreciation of the seriousness of this crime,” the New York Post reported Wednesday.

The Black Revolutionary Army was a violent offshoot of the Black Panthers that the sanctioned symbolic killings of police officers regardless of their race in New York and California.

Bell, along with Anthony Bottom and another accomplice, who died in prison in 2000, called themselves the “New York 3.”

In 1971, the trio lured Piagentini, 22, and Jones, 33, a Harlem housing project with a fake 911 call. As the unsuspecting police approached, the three men opened fire.

Jones died immediately, while Piagentini – who had been shot more than a dozen times – begged for his life, the Associated Press reported. Call ready for him with the cop’s own gun.

The three men denied killing the officers and insisted they have been framed during their trial and after their 1975 beliefs.

This parole request was the seventh time since 2004 that the clock had begged for his freedom.

According to the Post, Bell argued he should go to, because he has been a model prisoner. While in jail, Bell obtained a master’s degree and learned to play the flute.

Piagentini’s widow, Diane, told the Post she was in shock over the early release of the decision.

“I just got the news this morning. I just can’t,” she said, with a decline to comment further.

It is unclear when Bell will be released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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