- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A county commissioner who was the public defender for a man convicted in the 1973 death of a Chicago cop says he understands the outrage surrounding his former client’s newly-granted parole.

But Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin tells the Chicago Sun-Times (https://bitly.com/1KemqVC ) that Joseph Bigsby served more than four decades in prison, which isn’t a slap on the wrist.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted on Thursday to grant Bigsby parole, noting major strides he made while incarcerated. However, the move drew criticism from Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy who called the decision “incomprehensible.”

Bigsby was convicted as a teenager in the death of Officer Edward Barron after two armed robberies. In addition to being sentenced in 1975 for murder, Bigsby was also sentenced for attempted murder and armed robbery.

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