The Heather Cook case: Timeline of events surrounding Maryland bishop's DUI collision that killed cyclist

Following are key dates in the case of Heather Cook, the former Episcopal bishop now serving a prison term for fatally striking bicyclist Tom Palermo with her car while driving drunk and texting. She has applied for a two-year reduction in her sentence.

2010 — Cook is arrested, pleads guilty to a drunken-driving charge in Caroline County


May 2, 2014 — Cook is narrowly elected as bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

Sept. 6, 2014 — Cook is consecrated as first female bishop in Maryland diocese history


Dec. 27, 2014 — Cook fatally strikes bicyclist Tom Palermo while driving drunk and texting in North Baltimore

Former bishop Heather Cook has been busy with courses and activities during her three years of incarceration at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.

Jan. 1, 2015 — More than a thousand people take part in a bicycle ride and vigil honoring Palermo

Jan. 9, 2015 — Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announces charges against Cook in one of her first cases

Feb. 4, 2015 — Cook is indicted on 13 criminal charges, including vehicular homicide, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident

April 2, 2015 — Cook accepts a June trial date, entering a not-guilty plea on all counts

May 1, 2015 — Cook resigns as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and is deposed from the Episcopal ministry

Sept. 8, 2015 — Cook pleads guilty to four criminal charges, including automobile manslaughter, drunken driving and texting while driving

A Baltimore prosecutor says Heather Cook, a former Episcopal bishop serving a prison sentence for fatally striking bicyclist Thomas Palermo with her car while drunk, should be denied a reduction in sentence. If a judge approves Cook's request on Nov. 5, Cook could leave prison that day.

Oct. 27, 2015 — Cook is sentenced to seven years in prison

May 9, 2017 — Cook applies for parole, is denied

March 23, 2018 — Cook supplements an earlier request for modification of her sentence, requests a hearing date

July 19, 2018 — Cook applies for a work release program

July 26, 2018 — Cook applies for permission to serve the remainder of her sentence on home detention, is later denied


Nov. 5, 2018 — Date of hearing set by Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy Doory to consider Cook’s request for a shortened sentence. Doory denied her request.

Jan. 17, 2019 — Cook submits second request for home detention

Mid-September, 2019 — Cook’s currently scheduled time frame for release

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