- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a man convicted of killing a Long Island police officer in 1975 has died in an upstate New York prison.

Prison officials tell Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/2b6qk6I) that John MacKenzie was pronounced dead Thursday at a Fishkill prison. He was 70.

The newspaper reports authorities are still investigating the cause of death.

MacKenzie was convicted in the shooting death of Nassau County police Officer Matthew Giglio. He was recently denied his latest appeal for parole.

MacKenzie had tried nine times since 2000 to be granted parole. Giglio’s family had repeatedly opposed those requests.

MacKenzie shot Giglio after the officer responded to a burglary call at a West Hempstead boutique.

The officer was hospitalized for 10 weeks before he died.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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