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77-Year-Old Illinois Cop Killer Scheduled for Parole

July 15, 2010  | 

When Robert Nagle learned recently that the man who murdered his father was scheduled to be paroled, Nagle's first thought was about whether Henry Michael Gargano was still a cold-blooded killer.

On Oct. 27, 1967, Gargano and two other men unleashed a torrent of gunfire at police officers during a robbery at the Northlake Bank in Northlake, Ill., killing Detective Sgt. John Nagle and Officer Anthony Perri. Two other officers were wounded.

Northlake Deputy Police Chief Norman Nissen Jr. said he got a report "from a street source" in April that Gargano, 77, would be released from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.

Outraged, Nissen and others in the community have collected more than 6,000 signatures on petitions opposing his release and started a Facebook group to fight Gargano's freedom. They filed a nearly 200-page affidavit calling for the U.S. Parole Commission to reconsider its decision.

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