Relatives Upset At Planned Federal Parole Of Ilinois Cop Killer


When Robert Nagle of Illinois learned that the man who murdered his father was scheduled to be paroled, Nagle’s first thought was about whether Henry Michael Gargano was still a cold-blooded killer, says the Chicago Tribune. “And then I was surprised at the justice system,” said Nagle, 49. “Then again, I know that the justice system doesn’t always serve justice.”

On Oct. 27, 1967, Gargano and two other men unleashed a torrent of gunfire at police officers during a Northlake, Il., bank robbery, killing Detective Sgt. John Nagle and Officer Anthony Perri. Two other officers were wounded. It was an astonishing crime in a bedroom community of 14,000. Also astonishing to Northlake police and the relatives of the two dead officers was news that the U.S. Parole Commission had set Gargano’s release date for Sept. 3 without notifying them. Gargano, now 77, and the other two men each had been sentenced to 199 years in prison, and the victims assumed that meant they would remain behind bars the rest of their lives. Now the board has put Gargano’s parole under “special reconsideration,” a process leading up to another hearing, tentatively set for early August, at which Gargano may address concerns about his potential release.

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