Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the release of an 85-year-old convicted cop killer on Tuesday even though he showed no remorse for murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.
Sundiata Acoli, whose real name is Clark Edward Squire, had been denied parole multiple times, The Washington Post reported.
The New Jersey State Police and its supporters wanted Acoli to die behind bars because they believe he is an unapologetic cop killer.
“There’s a lot of resentment about the fact that a police officer was killed,” Acoli’s attorney, Bruce Afran, said. “And that’s what has driven this delay over these years.”
“This decision is saying when someone is eligible for parole, the board must release him unless there’s a true factual basis to show the inmate cannot be trusted to return to the community,” Afran explained.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he was “deeply disappointed” by
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