The last of three convicted Black Revolutionary Army members, who were imprisoned for murdering two New York police officers nearly 50 years ago, is set to be released on parole in October, officials said.
Anthony Bottom, who is set to be released on October 20, has been in prison for more than 43 years for his role in the murders of Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones in 1971.
Diane Piagentini, the widow of Officer Piagentini, said she was upset at news of the release.
"We are heartbroken to see another of Joe's killers set free by politics. But more than anything else, we are angry," she said in a statement.
Bottom, Herman Bell, and Albert Washington were convicted of luring the two officers to a Harlem housing project with a false 911 call before murdering them.
Bell was freed on parole in 2018, and Washington died of liver cancer in 2000.
The president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association pointed to state policies for the release.
"Gov. Cuomo and the State Legislature have spent years torturing crime victims, especially the hero families of fallen police officers," Patrick Lynch said in a statement. "They knew that changing the parole guidelines would unleash more vicious killers like Anthony Bottom back onto our streets."