It's been 23 years since a Fayette County Deputy Sheriff was gunned down in the line of duty the man who shot him is up for early medical release from prison.
In 1988 William Bennett shot and killed Joseph Angelucci, 24, a young deputy sheriff. Bennett was found guilty of murder but mentally ill and sentenced to 120 years in prison. Now the Department of Corrections has requested that Bennett be released for medical reasons.
"Who's going to pay for the medical expenses? The taxpayers. Who's paying for his medical expenses now? The taxpayers," said Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney, Ray Larson.
Angelucci's family gave an emotional plea that the board honor the sentence that was handed down.
"Bennett's parole would sent an incredibly brutal message to all police officers and their families in the commonwealth," said his father, former Fayette Circuit Judge, Armand Angelucci.
Bennett has been described as a mildly mentally retarded paranoid schizophrenic. Now Bennett's family says he is terminally ill and would like to bring him home where he can live out his last few days, a request the Angelucci family and local law enforcement do not support.
"Unless you walk in the shoes of a police officer and you go to the funerals of a colleague you don't know what it feels like," said Mike Sweeney, President of the Bluegrass Fraternal Order of Police.
With her hands shaking Joe's mother, Joyce Angelucci, told the board that Joe would never have the chance to shorten the death sentence William Bennett served to her son."
Next Monday the parole board is expected to vote on whether or not Bennett will be released early from prison.