In a small room in Frankfort, folks packed in quietly Monday to show solidarity for the family of Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Angelucci, while they pleaded in front of the parole board to deny their loved one's killer an early medical parole.
William Bennett was convicted in the then-24-year-old's shooting death in 1988. Police say Bennett attacked and shot Angelucci when Angelucci went to serve him a warrant. Angelucci was shot in the chest and died 18 days later, on Thanksgiving eve.
Angelucci's family members say the bullet that hit him in the chest was a life sentence for them all.
"They've been able to visit Mr. Bennett, been able to go to the jail and see him," explained Joseph's older brother, Armand Angelucci, Junior. "They've been able to laugh with him, talk to him, watch TV with him; if we want to contact Joe, we have to go to Calvary Cemetery."
Department of Corrections doctors say Bennett is terminal and in accordance to state statutes have asked the parole board to consider an early medical parole for the convicted killer.
"Probably because they don't want to pay for medical expenses," Fayette County Attorney Ray Larson said to the parole board after explaining he was the prosecutor in the case. "My question is---- who's gonna pay them if he gets out?"
"It really doesn't matter what kind of condition he's in;" explained Armand Angelucci, Junior. "We know the jail is full of people who are sick and dying and they have doctors and nurses prepared to help them."
"The pain and the suffering that Joe endured remains in my mind," explained Judge Armand Angelucci. "The pain and suffering our family undertook stays in my mind."
Raw with emotion, the former judge says his wounds have never healed and that each of the three times he's in front of the parole board, they get deeper.
"You can't begin to know the pain and suffering, fear and anxiety that one has when you lose a child," he admonished the board.
The Angelucci family will have to wait until a full parole board meeting next Monday to find out what will happen and remain hopeful Bennett will stay behind bars the rest of his life.
According to state statutes, anyone seeking a medical parole must have a terminal condition, severe chronic disease or be limited in mobility.