The family of murdered Edward Byrne have been relieved to hear that parole has been denied for their relative’s killer. Todd Scott is serving a sentence of 25 years to life. “The best way to honor my brother’s sacrifice is to show that there is no redemption for those who kill police officers,” said Byrne’s brother, Kenneth.
Todd Scott, who is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, will remain behind bars. This decision was made on January 23 by the State Parole Board. According to the release, Scott will remain at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Ulster County.
The man is responsible for the murder of 22-year-old police officer Edward Byrne, who was killed in 1988 in Queens. At the time, Byrne and three other officers were guarding the home of a witness who was to testify against Jamaican drug lord Howard “Pappy” Mason.
Scott and three of his accomplices received $8,000 for the ostentatious execution of a young policeman. “My brother Eddie’s whole life was ahead of him when this brutal drug gang took this precious life from him,” said Kenneth Byrne, Edward Byrne’s brother, after the commission’s decision.
“They tried to make an example of Eddie, sending the police and society a message that they rule the streets,” he said, adding that he was glad that this time the message was clearly directed at criminals who thought about killing law enforcement officers.
“The best way to honor my brother’s sacrifice is to show that there is no redemption for those who kill police officers,” said Kenneth Byrne.