Queens DA submits petitions to deny parole for 4 men convicted in officer's death

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NEW YORK — The Queens District Attorney's office has submitted a batch of petitions with 2,876 signatures urging the state parole board to deny early release for four men convicted of killing New York City officer Edward Byrne in 1988.

The rookie officer was shot to death in a squad car on orders from a drug dealer. The 22-year-old was guarding the home of a witness at the time.

Scott Cobb, Philip Copeland, David McClary and Todd Scott were convicted in Byrne's death and sentenced to 25 years to life. They were denied parole in 2012 and are expected to go before the board again next month.

District Attorney Richard Brown said the men should remain behind bars for the safety of New Yorkers.

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