ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Parole Board has refused to release a man convicted of murder when his accomplice fatally shot a policeman during a 1978 robbery at a Brooklyn auto supply store.
The three-member board, while acknowledging 57-year-old Pablo Costello's educational accomplishments and positive programming in prison, says his release would "deprecate the serious nature of the crime" and undermine respect for the law.
He has spent the last four years locked up after the Parole Board first agreed to set him free, then rejected his release after another hearing from officer David Guttenberg's widow and four children. His sentence is 25 years to life.
The New York Court of Appeals has agreed to review whether that reversal was legally proper.
Luis Torres, convicted of murder for shooting Guttenberg, died in prison.