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Former Bishop Denied Parole In Deadly Hit-And-Run

May 9th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The state parole board on Tuesday denied early release for former Episcopal bishop Heather Cook, who has served 18 months of a seven-year prison sentence for a hit and run crash that killed a cyclist. WBAL reports the hearing was held at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, where Cook is serving her sentence. She'll remain detained until March of 2019, assuming credits for good behavior.

In 2015, Cook pleaded guilty to auto manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, driving while texting and leaving the scene of an accident. She admitted in court that she was drunk and distracted when she hit and killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo on Dec. 27, 2014. She was denied parole in part because that was her second alcohol-involved incident, and she left the scene of the crime.

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