Convicted NYPD cop killer: Anthony Bottom
Anthony Bottom, who has spent more than 43 years in prison for his role in the assassinations of Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones in 1971, will be sprung by Oct. 20, a source told WPIX-TV.
The last of three members of the Black Revolutionary Army convicted behind bars of murdering two New York police officers nearly 50 years ago will be paroled in October, police union officials said Tuesday.
The board’s decision infuriated Piagentini’s widow, Diane Piagentini.
“We are heartbroken to see another of Joe’s killers freed by politics. But more than anything, we are angry, “he said in a statement.
The widow had pleaded with the board to keep Bottom locked up for life at her October 2018 parole hearing.
Bottom was granted parole after successfully appealing the October 2019 board decision to keep her behind bars.
Bottom, Herman Bell, and Albert Washington were convicted of luring Piagentini and Jones into a Harlem housing project with a bogus 911 call and then murdering them in cold blood.
After 40 years in prison, Bell was released on parole in April 2018. Washington died in prison of liver cancer in 2000.
The president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association blamed state policies for Bottom’s release.
“Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature have spent years torturing crime victims, especially the heroic families of fallen police officers,” Lynch said in a statement.
“They knew that changing parole guidelines would unleash more vicious killers like Anthony Bottom on our streets.”