NYC drug lord pleads for mercy release after prison fails to honor vegan diet

A gangster convicted of the murder of an NYPD parole officer in the 1980s and linked to the death of a new officer asks for a compassionate release from prison because prison doesn’t do justice to his vegan diet and him this stresses.

Lorenzo “Fat Cat” Nichols, 63, is serving ​​concurrent 25 years and 40 years to life imprisonment but has asked a judge to release him because of his migraines and the “stress” of the prison lifestyle, according to NY News.

“Even though I’m trying to stay strong, the stress is taking a toll on me and has raised my blood pressure,” the drug lord said in a letter to Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Edward Korman.

Nichols reportedly sent the request to the judge in mid-August and is currently awaiting a response.


Lorenzo “Fat Cat” Nichols is responsible for several deaths, including that of NYPD parole officer Brian Rooney, as well as involvement in the death of rookie cop Eddie Byrne

In the letter, Nichols also speaks about the “mistakes” he made in life, as well as his health issues and the family events and deaths he missed while in prison.

According to the NY Daily News, while he discusses the “mistakes” he’s made, he doesn’t mention his victims, including NYPD officers and his ex-girlfriend.

In addition to his 25-year life sentence, the convicted murderer is also serving a 40-year life sentence at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

Earlier this year, the criminal was granted state parole and placed in federal custody.

MDC Brooklyn, the prison where Lorenzo

MDC Brooklyn, the prison where Lorenzo “Fat Cat” Nichols is currently serving his sentence

“This murderous drug lord and cop killer must not come an inch closer to freedom. Our heroic brother, Police Officer Edward Byrne, gave his life to rid our city of Nichols and his gang,” said Patrick Lynch, President of the Police Benevolent Association, at the time.

Nichols ordered the killing of NYPD parole officer Brian Rooney after the officer subpoenaed him for a parole violation over a previous drug charge.

Rooney was in his car on 119th Avenue in October 1985 when another car pulled up next to his and a suspect inside the car opened fire. The NYPD officer was hit in the head, back and left arm.

Officer Rooney was a four-year veteran of the force and is survived by a wife and son.

NYPD parole officer Brian Rooney was shot dead in October 1985

NYPD parole officer Brian Rooney was shot dead in October 1985

Nichols later pleaded guilty to ordering Rooney’s murder.

Although not charged, it is widely believed that “Fat Cat” took part in the shooting of New York City Police Officer Edward Byrne, which was carried out by members of Nichols’ drug ring.

Byrne had only been seven months on the job when he was brutally murdered in South Jamaica. he was 22

The NYPD rookie was protecting a witness in a drug case when a suspect went to his tagged vehicle and shot him five times in the head.

New York police officer Eddie Byrne who was brutally killed on duty in 1988

New York police officer Eddie Byrne who was brutally killed on duty in 1988

If released, the drug lord faces a 10-year prison sentence in Florida.

The Associated Press reported in 2006 that Nichols was part of a major auto theft scheme in which he helped sell more than $8 million in vehicles for more than five years.

Officials said at the time that “Fat Cat,” while behind bars from 1999 to 2005, helped move about 250 vehicles from Florida to buyers in 14 other states.

Nichols has already served 34 years in prison for his crimes.


Lorenzo “Fat Cat” Nichols smiles in a photo ahead of his arrest and conviction for murder

According to the NY Daily News, the drug lord complained to Judge Korman that his previous time in state prison did not count toward his current federal sentence.

Korman suggested that the Nichols request a mercy release, but it is unclear if his request will be granted. NYC drug lord pleads for mercy release after prison fails to honor vegan diet

Bradford Betz

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