SKIPPACK TOWNSHIP, PA – Bill Cosby has reportedly been denied parole by the Pennsylvania Parole Board earlier in May, with officials from the parole board citing that his parole was denied in part for his refusal to participate in the state’s “Sexually Violent Predator” course.
The Pennsylvania Parole Board has turned down Bill Cosby's petition to be released from a 10-year prison sentence for aggravated indecent assault, citing his refusal to participate in a therapy program for sexually violent predators. https://t.co/9BiPSC4jau
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 28, 2021
Back in April of 2018, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against a woman by the name of Andrea Constand, which involved Cosby reportedly drugging and molesting the victim back in 2004.
The conviction was ultimately sealed against Cosby due to a released deposition dating back to 2005/2006 regarding a civil suit brought against him by Constand.
This deposition showed Cosby admitting to administering drugs to women, including Constand, and then sexually assaulting them while they were under the influence.
Attorneys for Cosby claimed that Cosby only answered the questions during the deposition for the civil suit because he was allegedly promised to never be criminally prosecuted promised by then-District Attorney Bruce Castor.
Juror: Bill Cosby sealed his own fate in deposition in which he admitted giving women drugs to have sex with them. https://t.co/J5rzeGFFpC
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 30, 2018
However, a judge in 2017 ruled that the deposition was allowed to be admitted into court for his criminal trial that kicked off that year.
By September of 2018, Cosby was sentenced to 3-to-10 years in prison for the aggravated indecent assault convictions.
Cosby, now 83-years-old, was denied parole earlier in May after going before the Pennsylvania Parole Board.
According to the parole board’s decision, Cosby’s denial was based upon his “need to participate in and complete additional institutional programs, the negative recommendation made by the department of corrections, [and] failure to develop a parole release plan.”
Cosby has maintained his innocence, despite being convicted, and believes that if he were to participate in Pennsylvania’s “Sexually Violent Predator” course then it would be tantamount to him admitting to being guilty of the sexual assaults from 2004.
Andrew Wyatt, a spokesperson for Cosby, commented the following regarding the parole board’s decision:
“It was brought to our attention by Mr. Cosby that over the past months, members of the PA State Parole Board had met with him and emphatically stated, ‘If he did not participate in SVP courses that his parole would be denied.’ Mr. Cosby has vehemently proclaimed his innocence and continues to deny all allegations made against him as being false, without the sheer evidence or any proof.”
Wyatt added that Cosby “remains hopeful that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court will issue an opinion to vacate his conviction or warrant him a new trial.”
Back in 2019, Cosby also went on the record saying that he believes he’ll serve his entire sentence in prison, because the parole board are “not going to hear me say that I have remorse.”
"The Cosby Show" star has previously said he expects to serve his full 10-year sentence and vowed to show no remorse for crimes he said he didn't commit. https://t.co/XCQyWGc1Cf
— YDR online (@ydrcom) May 28, 2021
During the November 2019 interview, Cosby stated:
“When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there. They don’t know.”
The former comedian believes that his entire trial and conviction was some sort of a “set up”:
“It’s all a set up. That whole jury thing. They were imposters.”
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In other reports pertaining to parole-related matters, a teen who was reportedly on parole for paralyzing a NYPD officer back in 2017 was recently arrested for allegedly being in a high-speed pursuit while operating a stolen vehicle.
Here’s that previous report.
NEW YORK CITY, NY – A teenage gang member who permanently paralyzed an NYPD detective while fleeing a traffic stop in a stolen vehicle in 2017 was arrested on May 23rd after he was allegedly involved in a high-speed chase in another stolen vehicle while on parole.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) May 24, 2021
Police said Justin Murrell, 19, ran a red light and led police on a chase early Sunday morning in East New York.
According to authorities, Murrell was driving recklessly and blew through a red light, eventually leading officers on the high-speed chase and smashing into several cars near Van Sinderen and New Lots Avenues.
Murrell then fled on foot, but was capture by police around 1: 20 a.m.
A teen previously convicted of dragging an NYPD officer while driving a stolen car four years ago was arrested again Sunday morning for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase in Brooklyn, in another stolen car. https://t.co/Dpk1fFm4OM
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) May 23, 2021
At the time of his arrest, Murrell was on parole for running down and dragging an officer while fleeing in a stolen vehicle. His parole was scheduled to end in two weeks.
In 2017, Murrell was convicted of stealing a car and then dragging Officer Dalsh Veve two and a half blocks, nearly killing him.
A mere 16 months-to-4 years in prison for the criminal who caused catastrophic and lasting injuries to #NYPD Detective Dalsh Veve is an absolute disgrace. Our brave & selfless public servant, his family, and all #NYC cops deserve far better. Justice fell short today. pic.twitter.com/0EsZMnbXeJ
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) January 23, 2019
When Murrell tried to flee in the stolen vehicle, he dragged Veve. Veve held into the vehicle for several blocks before being thrown from the vehicle. During the incident, Veve did fire a shot which struck Murrell in the face.
Murrell, 16 at the time, survived and was convicted of assault, but was acquitted of attempted murder.
— Linda Miranda (@LindaMi14118735) May 24, 2021
Veve, who was promoted to detective following the incident, was left with severe brain damage.
In this latest incident, police were responding to a ShotSpotter alert of a gunshot discharged when they observed a Honda drive through a red light in the area.
The 2021 Honda had been reported stolen on May 15 from Resorts World Casino in Queens.
The driver, later identified by police as Murrell, sped away from the officers who tried to stop the vehicle, and he crashed the Honda into several parked vehicles, a police spokesman said.
The crash resulted in Murrell fleeing on foot. Officers chased him and three other occupants of the vehicle, including a 15-year-old boy, a 44-year-old woman, and another adult woman.
Police eventually released the three passengers, but arrested Murrell.
Justin Murrell, Convicted In 2017 Vehicular Assault That Severely Injured NYPD Officer Dalsh Veve, Arrested Again https://t.co/5NSWcv4MsK
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) May 24, 2021
Murrell was charged with grand larceny of an automobile, reckless endangerment, possession of stolen property, and disobeying a traffic light.
Although he faced a maximum 10-year sentence, Murrell was prosecuted as an adult, but sentenced as a juvenile to just one and one-third to four years in detention.
Teen who dragged, paralyzed NYPD detective Dalsh Veve in 2017, was arrested again for leading cops on chase in stolen vehicle.
— Freedomnews.tv FNTV (@FreedomNTV) May 24, 2021
Murrell has been released on parole in March 2020 for the 2017 incident, and his parole was set to expire on June 10, law-enforcement sources said.
Sources said Murrell has 12 prior arrests, including the Veve case.
— NYPD 63rd Precinct (@NYPD63Pct) October 24, 2018
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch remarked about the arrest on Sunday:
‘Is anyone surprised? This perp dragged a hero New York City police officer behind a stolen car, paralyzing him. He had an extensive criminal record before that.
“And yet we had a judge and elected officials who thought he should be given yet another chance and put right back on the street. That extra chance could have gotten a police officer or innocent New Yorker killed.”
“What will it take for our broken justice system to keep him behind bars where he belongs? (The punishment was) wrong and there’s no nice way to say it.”
Detective Dalsh Veve, who was critically injured in the line of duty on June 3rd, 2017, leaves the rehabilitation center to a loud ovation and applause from his fellow police officers today. pic.twitter.com/ioSyyhL2wC
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 7, 2018
Paul DiGiacomo, NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association President, said:
“(If Murrell had) “stayed behind bars where he belongs … he would not be able to hold our Brooklyn neighborhoods hostage with threats of continued violence as he did last night in yet another stolen vehicle.
“While the investigation into Murrell’s arrest is underway, it is imperative for public safety that he faces serious consequences as it is quite clear he has no intentions of changing his criminal ways.”
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