DAILY VOICE: PROUTY FAMILY PRAISES BALL, MURPHY FOR PAROLE BILL SUPPORT

 

     

    by Nathan Bruttell

    SOMERS, N.Y. – The family of the Somers couple who were brutally attacked in 1980 are praising State Sen. Greg Ball (R,C–Patterson) and Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy for backing an initiative to extend parole hearings from two to five years.

    Terry Losicco, the Lincoln Hall resident who brutally murdered Eleanor Prouty and severely injured her husband Norman in their Somers home in 1980, wasdenied parole on Monday. Losicco was 16 when he and fellow Lincoln Hall resident David Hollis broke into the home expecting to find a large sum of money. Losicco will be eligible for parole again in 2015. But Senate billS2486 seeks to ensure that Losicco would not be eligible until 2018 by changing parole eligibility from two to five years.

    Brooks Prouty, grandson of Eleanor and Norman Prouty, recently praised and thanked Ball and Murphy for supporting the bill.

    “Although we reached out to other politicians in New York and Westchester County, only Senator Ball and Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy took up the call,” Prouty said in an emailed statement, commending Ball’s “outstanding leadership.” “However, the bitter-sweet reality of the matter is this: almost as soon as Losicco was denied parole, my family — and other families in a similar position — began preparing for the next parole meeting in a mere twenty-four months — sooner, actually, because it takes at least two months to get the necessary material submitted to the Parole Board — and a month or two before that to prepare the material. There’s never really a break from it given the frequency of these hearings.”

    Prouty said he would make himself available to testify in Albany in support of the bill if necessary. Ball recently announced that he is co-sponsoring bill S2486, introduced by State Sen. Ken LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson). The bill also garnered support from State Sen. David Carlucci (D –Rockland, Ossining) in a Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee vote earlier this month.

    “I am happy that the parole board found that Terry Losicco’s release would create a clear and present danger to our community and especially the Prouty family,” Ball said in a press release. “I proudly signed the petition and thank all of our community partners that joined our efforts. I am also proud to join my colleagues and co-sponsor a bill that will extend parole hearings to five years.” (ARTICLE)