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Prouty Family Applauds Board For Denying Killer Parole

Somers' Eleanor and Norman Prouty, pictured here with their five children in 1960, were brutally attacked by Terry Losicco in 1980.
Somers' Eleanor and Norman Prouty, pictured here with their five children in 1960, were brutally attacked by Terry Losicco in 1980. Photo Credit: Courtesy Brooks S. Prouty

SOMERS, N.Y. – Brooks Prouty said he was happy to learn that his grandmother’s killer was denied parole for the fifth time in eight years, but Prouty’s not done in his pursuit to improve the town of Somers.

Terry Losicco, the Lincoln Hall resident who brutally murdered Eleanor Prouty and severely injured her husband Norman in their Somers home in 1980, was denied parole this week. Losicco was 16 when he and fellow Lincoln Hall resident David Hollis broke into the home expecting to find a large sum of money. Losicco will be eligible for parole again in 2015.

After Hollis was granted parole in 2010, Prouty was determined to make his voice heard about Losicco.

“On behalf of the Prouty family, I greatly applaud the decision of the Parole Board in denying parole to inmate Terry Losicco,” Prouty said Monday in an emailed statement. “We strongly agree with the board's statement that releasing Losicco would be incompatible ‘with the welfare of society at large.’ Furthermore, we believe that Terry Losicco deserves to serve his maximum sentence, which is 99 years in prison; he is only one-third of the the way through as of today.”

The punishment was “mete” for the “extraordinary savagery” against his grandparents, Prouty added, saying he would use all of his resources to ensure Losicco stayed at the Fishkill Correctional Facility, where he has been serving time for 33 years.

Prouty also said he and his family were “profoundly grateful” to the Somers community for helping an online petition gain 1,100 signatures of support in denying Losicco parole.

“The many loving comments on the petition also testify to what an outstanding person, friend, colleague, mother and grandmother Ellie was,” Prouty said in the statement. “If anyone should question whether people remember you for the good things you do in your life, one should look no further than this petition; people do remember. As hard as Terry Losicco tried to blot out my grandmother, her light shines through.”

Prouty said he will turn is attention to his quest of making Lincoln Hall improve its security and safety measures.

“Terry Losicco was able to rape and murder because Lincoln Hall housed such a dangerous individual,” Prouty said in the statement. “No one then had any knowledge of him or his ilk because Lincoln Hall concealed such information. Lincoln Hall bears complicity for the rape and murder of Ellie and the severe beating of my grandfather, Norman, because it failed to alert the town to the threat and to protect the community from the violent elements of its population.”

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