Heather Cook, the former Suffragan Bishop of Maryland, is scheduled for her first parole hearing of her sentence for the manslaughter of a cyclist during a drunk-driving incident in December 2014.
The Baltimore Sun reports:
Former Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for killing a cyclist in a drunken crash days after Christmas.
Cook, 59, pleaded guilty last month to automobile manslaughter in the death of 41-year-old Thomas Palermo, a married father of two young children. She was taken into custody at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing Wednesday.
Here’s what Cook said in court: @cbsbaltimore
This afternoon, one day before her trial was due to begin, former bishop Heather Cook pleaded guilty to charges filed after the death of Thomas Palermo last December.
In this essay, Eric Bonetti asks about what story the Episcopal Church should tell about itself if we were willing to be truly honest.
The media noted the attention General Convention is giving to addiction and alcoholism in light of the tragedy of the Heather Cook criminal case.
Circuit Judge Wanda K. Heard, advised Cook of her right to a speedy trial. Cook acknowledged she understood her right, waived her right and agreed to the postponement that had been requested by her attorney, David Irwin.
The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, has written a letter addressed to deputies and alternate deputies about different actions the Church has decided to take following Tom Palermo’s death.
The letter is reprinted below, from the House of Deputies website:
A Letter from President Jennings: The Death of Thomas Palermo
February 9, 2015
Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies:
Like many of you, I was deeply saddened by the news that bicyclist Thomas Palermo had died on December 27 after he was […]