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Parole denied for man who killed cop in 1973

Joseph Bigsby

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Joseph Bigsby photo from Illinois Dept. of Corrections

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Updated: July 28, 2011 4:08PM

Parole was denied Thursday for a man convicted of killing a Chicago Police officer in 1973.

A contingent of Chicago cops traveled to Springfield on Thursday morning to attend the parole hearing for Joseph Bigsby, who was sentenced to more than 200 years in prison for the 1973 slaying of Officer Edward Barron and the attempted murder of another officer.

Bigsby has been in custody since the date of the murder on Sept. 28, 1973, according to the Illinois Dept. of Corrections. He was sentenced in June 1975 to 200 years for murder with intent to kill or injure, 50 years for attempted murder and 20 years for armed robbery.

Police officers attended the hearing “in support of the fallen officer and to assure that the individual responsible for these crimes serves his full sentence and that early parole is denied,” a statement from police said.

Bigsby, 54, is an inmate at the Danville Correctional Center.

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