NEW YORK (AP) — Two former members of a militant black power group, who were convicted of killing two New York City police officers more than 40 years ago, are again hoping to be released from prison.
But this time, Anthony Bottom and Herman Bell will appear before the state Parole Board after admitting to the slayings.
Bell, 66, is scheduled to appear before the board for his sixth time next week. Bottom, 62, will appear for his seventh time in June.
They were members of the Black Liberation Army, a violent offshoot of the Black Panthers. They had previously denied killing Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini in Harlem on May 21, 1971.
Supporters say they have been model inmates who have attained degrees and are now rehabilitated.
The powerful Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, though, maintains that they belong in prison.
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