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State senator proposes no parole for cop killers

ALBANY – State Senator Gregory Ball (R, Patterson) announced Tuesday proposed that a person convicted of killing a law enforcement official would be ineligible for parole.

Ball, who is chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeless Security and Military Affairs Committee, urged the change in the law one week before a parole hearing for Joseph Comfort, who murdered Investigator Robert VanHall, Jr. in December 1980.

VanHall was on duty when he was killed on December 5, 1970. He was shot with a sawed-off, double barrel shotgun. His partner was also wounded.

Also opposing the parole are the Troopers PBA and the State Police Investigators Association.

“It is clear that those that kill cops have no respect for the criminal justice system or the brave men and women that put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety,” Ball said.