Parole Commission Denies Release of Americans Who Killed New Brunswick Police Officer in 1987

Fredericton — An American who was put in jail for nearly 35 years for the murder of a New Brunswick police officer was denied parole on Wednesday.

Anthony Romeo, 58, has been sentenced to life imprisonment in New Brunswick Prison for shooting on the Highway Patrol Const. Emmanuel O’Coin, southwest of Fredericton, suspended in March 1987. Romeo became eligible for parole in 2012, but the Canadian Parole Commission said he poses a danger to the public at the time.

At a parole hearing on Wednesday, the board said that if released, Romeo would be deported to his home country, the United States, where he would be free and not subject to parole or other types of supervision. I was deported.

Parole officials told hearings that Canadian orthodontic services recommended his release while Romeo was taking medication for delusional schizophrenia and using other treatment and support programs.

In a 1988 trial, a psychiatrist testified that Romeo thought the monster that brutally killed a young man continued, and the murderer added that the 31-year-old policeman thought it was the monster.

The March 1987 traffic outage was the third time Romeo was stopped by police for speeding in his sports car in Quebec and New Brunswick. He fled the United States, where he was accused of murder in New York.

On Wednesday, Romeo told the board that he was abusing alcohol and drugs at the time of Ocoin’s murder. “At that time, I was very drunk and high. I think that led to mental health problems.”

Due to the restrictions of COVID-19, the hearing was effectively held by Videolink. Romeo could be seen sitting quietly at a table in a room in Dorchester Prison, New Brunswick.

“I’m 58 now. My life has changed a lot. I’ve been in jail for 35 years,” he said.

Romeo told the board that he was supported by his doctor and many relatives, including his parents in his 80s. He said he plans to use the support network and will never touch alcohol or drugs again.

Romeo was also an avid gun collector who used weapons for hunting and target shooting, but said he would not own another gun, even for protection.

He said he felt sorry for his actions and believed that the prison allowed him to turn around his life. “I’m taking medicine and not taking medicine, so I don’t have any violent or angry problems anymore.”

Two members of the Parole Commission discuss how Romeo can be assured that he will take his medication and refrain from drugs and alcohol in the United States without parole officers or other structured supervision. I asked a question.

Romeo, who was given the opportunity to speak at the end of the hearing, apologized to the Ocoin family and expressed concern that parole might be denied because there was no parole arrangement for the possibility of returning to the United States.

“I feel unfair to be an American in Canada, accountable in my hometown, and not being released on parole. I wish there was a way to be released on parole in New York because this problem doesn’t occur. “He says. He said. “If the board refuses my parole, my case team will be able to find a way to release me on parole in New York and perhaps transfer it to a New York prison.”

After a brief deliberation, the board denied parole and said he felt that even if Romeo was released, he would pose an undue risk to society.

Along Kevin Bisset

Canadian press