Homicide

Parole board rescinds decision to release cop killer after outcry from family, prosecutors

  • FILE - This undated Connecticut Department of Correction inmate file photo shows Gary Gerard Castonguay, serving a prison sentence after being convicted in 1980 for killing a Plainville, Conn., police officer in 1977.  A parole hearing for Castonguay is set for Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, as the parole board reconsiders its previous decision to release him. A three-member parole board panel had voted to free Castonguay in July 2015 following a 17-minute hearing without input from the prosecutor or the victim's family. (AP Photo/Connecticut Department of Correction, File)

    FILE - This undated Connecticut Department of Correction inmate file photo shows Gary Gerard Castonguay, serving a prison sentence after being convicted in 1980 for killing a Plainville, Conn., police officer in 1977. A parole hearing for Castonguay is set for Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, as the parole board reconsiders its previous decision to release him. A three-member parole board panel had voted to free Castonguay in July 2015 following a 17-minute hearing without input from the prosecutor or the victim's family. (AP Photo/Connecticut Department of Correction, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Inmate Gary Castonguay listens to victim impact statements during a hearing inside MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Suffield, Conn.  Castonguay, is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for the shooting of Plainville police Officer Robert Holcomb during a burglary.  A parole board that ruled Castonguay,  who killed Holcomb in 1977 could go free,  rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim's family and prosecutors. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Inmate Gary Castonguay listens to victim impact statements during a hearing inside MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Suffield, Conn. Castonguay, is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for the shooting of Plainville police Officer Robert Holcomb during a burglary. A parole board that ruled Castonguay, who killed Holcomb in 1977 could go free, rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim's family and prosecutors. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mac Holcomb, son of Officer Robert Holcomb, looks over inmate Gary Castonguay during a hearing inside MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Suffield, Conn. Castonguay, is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for the shooting of Holcomb during a burglary.  A parole board that ruled Castonguay,  who killed Holcomb in 1977 could go free,  rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim's family and prosecutors. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Mac Holcomb, son of Officer Robert Holcomb, looks over inmate Gary Castonguay during a hearing inside MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Suffield, Conn. Castonguay, is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for the shooting of Holcomb during a burglary. A parole board that ruled Castonguay, who killed Holcomb in 1977 could go free, rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim's family and prosecutors. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

A Connecticut parole board that ruled this year that a convicted cop killer could go free has rescinded that decision following an outcry from the victim's family and prosecutors.

The inmate, Gary Castonguay, is serving 25 years to life in prison for the 1977 shooting of Plainville police Officer Robert Holcomb.

A panel of the Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Wednesday to reverse its earlier ruling without any discussion at a hearing at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield.

The hearing was scheduled after Holcomb's family and prosecutors said they were unaware of the meeting in January when board members voted to release him. Holcomb's relatives and prosecutors say the earlier decision was made with inadequate information about Castonguay's violent background.

Several dozen police officers attended the hearing.