Former Black Liberation Army member Herman Bell, convicted of killing NYPD officer and Deer Park native Joseph Piagentini in 1971, denied parole

A former militant convicted of killing two police officers, one from Long Island, more than 40 years ago has been denied parole again.



Former Black Liberation Army members Herman Bell and Anthony Bottom were convicted of murdering two NYPD officers, Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones, in 1971. Piagentini was from Deer Park. 



The two officers were murdered, execution-style, while responding to a call in Harlem. Bell's parole bid was rejected by the state Parole Board.



Bottom's parole bid will be decided later this year. A third man was convicted in the murders and died in prison.


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