Man convicted of killing trooper in 1974 to be released
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A New York court has ruled against a police union’s appeal to keep in prison a man convicted of fatally shooting a state trooper in 1974.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that 74-year-old John Ruzas is scheduled to be released Monday, 43 years after the shooting near Lenox in central New York.
Trooper Emerson Dillon was shot and killed in 1974 after he stopped a speeding car that contained two men suspected of robbing a jewelry store. Ruzas was sentenced to 25 years to life for the shooting.