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Man convicted of killing sheriff's deputy denied parole

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

A parole board decided Monday morning a man convicted of killing a Fayette County sheriff's deputy should stay in prison.

"We are very pleased with the outcome," Armand Angelucci, Junior said within an hour of recieving a phone call from the Department of Corrections.

William Bennett was seeking parole based on medical reasons, but the board denied the request.

"We can understand they'd want William Bennett out of jail, to die at home," Armand Angelucci, Junior explained. "But, as we've said before, my brother didn't get to pick where he died. And when William Bennett pointed a gun at my brother's chest and pulled the trigger, we think he forfeited the rights to choose where he gets to die."

On Thanksgiving Eve 1988, Bennett shot Deputy Joseph Angelucci, who was trying to arrest him. Angelucci later died.

The parole board heard arguments against Bennett's release at the first part of the hearing last week.

Bennett's family members gathered in Frankfort Monday morning for the second part of the hearing.

Bennett himself was not able to appear due to his declining medical condition.

The Kentucky Department of Corrections petitioned for Bennett's medical parole, on the basis that their doctors believe he has a terminal condition where he's likely to live less than a year.

Bennett's family declined to comment after the parole board's decision Monday.

While the Angelucci family says they have compassion for the Bennett family, they feel justice was served in this case.

"We are sorry the Bennett family had to go through this as well," Armand Angelucci, Jr., the victim's brother, said after the hearing Monday. "But we are very pleased with the parole board's decision. They upheld the jury's conviction, the criminal justice system was served, and they kept a convicted killer behind bars where he belongs."

Bennett will be eligible for parole again in 2016.

The Department of Corrections will not release the reason behind Bennett's declining health. However, his family members have said he is in a coma.

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