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Killer of NYPD cop Anthony Dwyer must stay in prison, family says

Eddie Matos, 50, has twice before been denied parole for Dwyer’s 1989 murder.

Marjorie Dwyer, mother of slain NYPD officer Anthony

Marjorie Dwyer, mother of slain NYPD officer Anthony Dwyer, is embraced by a police officer Friday. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

The family of an NYPD officer from Elmont who was killed in 1989 by a burglar spoke out in anger Friday after asking the state Parole Board not to release his murderer from custody.

At a hearing Friday, the family of Officer Anthony Dwyer - who police said was pushed down an air shaft by fleeing burglar Eddie Matos - presented an impact statement to the parole board office in Manhattan. Matos, who is serving a 25-year to life term in Green Haven prison, will be considered for parole next month.

“My son will never get a chance to come back to his family,” Dwyer’s mother Margaret told reporters. “This guy does not deserve a chance either, he should stay there and rot in hell as far as I am concerned.”

Dwyer was accompanied by her husband Edward, son Andrew, daughter Maureen and two grandchildren, as well as some friends. A phalanx of NYPD officers stood behind the family.

Police said the 23-year-old Dwyer was killed after Matos and two accomplices broke into a McDonald’s restaurant on Seventh Avenue and 40th Street in Manhattan. The three were chased on to a rooftop by cops, including Dwyer.

Court records showed that Dwyer was found lying on his back about 25 feet down the airshaft. It took 45 minutes for emergency service workers to extricate Dwyer. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said that in light of the release by the parole board of Herman Bell, the convicted killer of police officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones in 1971, the public should make its voice heard. Bell was released despite strenuous and vocal protest by the PBA and members of the public

“We are worried today because last week a killer was allowed to walk out these doors to freedom,” said Lynch.

Referring to the parole board, he said, “We have to make sure that they know that they work for us the public.”

Matos, 50, has twice before been denied parole by the board. He was not present at Friday’s hearing, Lynch said.

A spokesman for the state Department of Corrections said Matos will have his parole interview the week of June 18, after which the board has two weeks to render its decision.


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