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LaBorde, York Sentenced in Cop Murder

July 3, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two former Black Panthers, already serving long prison terms for wounding a police officer, have been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the 1981 ambush murder of the officer’s partner.

Anthony LaBorde and James York were sentenced Wednesday in the killing of Officer John Scarangella. State Supreme Court Justice John Gallagher ordered them to serve the terms after they complete their current terms.

LaBorde is serving eight and one-third years to 25 years and York is serving 12 1/2 years to 25 years in the wounding of Officer John Rainey.

Gallagher’s sentence means LaBorde would not be eligible for parole for over 33 years, and York would not be eligible for 37 1/2 years. But Gallagher said he would recommend to state officials that neither man ever receive parole.

Defense lawyers William Kunstler and Randolph Scott-McLaughlin said they would appeal the sentences.

The sentencing was marked by outbursts from supporters of York and LaBorde. After making a statement in which he denounced the proceeding, LaBorde himself left the courtroom before sentencing.

The two were convicted June 6.

Scarangella, a father of four who had nine Police Department commendations, was shot in the head and leg in a residential area of Queens. Rainey was shot eight times in the back and leg.

The shooting occurred after the officers pulled over LaBorde and York’s white van, which the officers said matched the description of one seen after a burglary.

The trial marked the third time LaBorde and York had been tried in the case.

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