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John Nuthall


August 7, 2008

Deny cop killers parole

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch is once again calling on the NYS State Division of Parole to deny parole to cold-blooded cop killers Barrington Young and Paul Ford who shot and killed police officer Harry Ryman on August 14, 1980.

Twenty-eight years ago off-duty police officer Harry Ryman was shot and killed when he tried to prevent three men from stealing a neighbor’s car.  Despite being mortally wounded, officer Ryman returned fire striking one of the shooters.  The three, all of whom were armed and fired at Ryman, were arrested at a nearby hospital while seeking treatment for their wounds.  The third shooter, Cornelius Bucknor is not eligible for parole until next year.

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said: 

“A friend who worked with Harry Ryman described him as calm, courteous and courageous.  Police officer Ryman was, by all accounts, exactly what we want in our police officers.  It will be 28 years ago next Friday that these miscreants took the life of a beloved police officer, husband and father.  I’ve said it before and I firmly believe that there is no rehabilitating that kind of evil. These cold-blooded cop killers should never be permitted to walk among civilized society again.  They should remain incarcerated for life.”

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