Family hopes to keep convicted cop killer in jail

January 28, 2011 2:22:04 PM PST
Every two years the family of slain officer Joseph Keegan are put through a difficult ritual.

They gather to meet before a New York parole board considering the release of the man who killed him. Thirty years later, they are still grieving the loss of an officer killed in the line of duty.

Relatives, friends, and fellow police officers turned out in the cold and snow covered streets of midtown this morning to beg a parole board not to release a cop killer.

The nephew of Officer Keegan put together a montage of pictures of his uncle and years of simmering anger to share with the board.

"He gave his life and this animal that killed my uncle. No remorse?I can't even believe we are here another two years," said Tom Keegan.

Bruce Lorick is currently serving 25 years to life in Sing Sing for the murder of Officer Keegan.

It happened more than 30 years ago, when Keegan confronted Lorick when he tried to evade a fare at the 59th street station in Manhattan.

Lorrick grabbed the officer's gun and shot him in the head before running into Central Park. It is a day that has haunted his family ever since.

"He is a murderer. He has no regard for life. Every two years we have go through this and re-live my uncle's murder," said Noreen Keegan.

Noreen Keegan was only 12 when she lost her uncle. But she comes out every time Lorick is up for a parole board hearing to make sure the world does not forget about his cold blooded act and the years of hurt it continues to bring to her family

Lorick will get his fourth chance to appear before the board during the week of February 21st.

Keegan's family is praying it goes like the other times and the board decides to keep him behind bars as they continue to mourn the loss of Joseph Keegan.