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Early medical release possible for convicted killer

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

The Angelucci family thinks of November 4, 1988 often. That's the day Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Angelucci was attacked and shot by William Bennett; a man whom he'd gone to arrest.

"We miss him very much," explained his father, 91-year-old Armand Angelucci. "When he died, we died with him."

The family says November is especially tough since then 24-year-old Joe died on Thanksgiving eve of '88, three weeks and six surgeries later.

A former judge, Armand Angelucci understands parole is part of the system, but says he was shocked to hear from the parole board Wednesday morning.

Bennett has asked for a special early medical parole hearing scheduled for November 28th. According to the Department of Corrections, Bennett must have a terminal condition where he's expected to die within a year, a severe chronic illness or disease, or be so limited in mobility he won't pose a threat to qualify for the hearing.

Angelucci says he should spend his last days in jail.

"That makes me even a little more disgusted with the system," the former judge said. "People die in jail all the time. They have doctors, nurses,they have medicine and they have hospital beds. They can take better care of that fella that if he were out on the streets."

His wife, Joyce, says she ends Bennett to stay in jail to maintain her faith in the system.

"My last promise I made to my son when e was dying was 'Joe, the person who murdered you will stay in jail. ' If they let him out now, my promise is no benefit to Joe.

The Angeluccis have fought parole twice before; Bennett wasn't supposed to be eligible again until 2016. He was sentenced to 120 years for the murder.

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