Federal officials denied the parole request today for Henry Michael Gargano, whose pending release for the 1967 murders of two Northlake Police officers generated outrage from law enforcement and the public.
“Mr. Gargano’s prison record, on top of his lack of remorse for the crimes that led to his imprisonment, showed that his release would be incompatible with public safety.” U.S. Parole Commission Chairman Isaac Fulwood Jr. said in a prepared statement.
Gargano, 79, the son of a University of Illinois at Chicago Police officer, had pleaded guilty in 1968 to the shooting deaths of Northlake officers John Nagle and Anthony Perri while robbing the Northlake Bank on Oct. 27, 1967, with two other men.
A judge sentenced Gargano to 199 years in prison. At a January 2010 parole hearing his case manager indicated Gargano was a likely candidate for release, and the commission tentatively set his parole for Sept. 3.
Fierce opposition led by Northlake Police Deputy Chief Norman Nissen Jr. prompted the commission to hold a second hearing.
On Friday, Nissen said, “As a policeman, we want to thank people for not forgetting these men. The commissioners did what they were supposed to—protect the public.”