The family of state constable Robert Bailey broke into applause this morning after three accomplices to his 2007 killing were denied parole.
Asia Shardae Prioleau, 25, of Hopkins is serving 15 years for her role in the slaying. Jerome Washington, 30, of Lake City is serving 12 years.
Asia Arlene O’Neill, 27, of St. Stephen, is serving five years.
Prioleau was the last to go before the parole board this morning, and Bailey’s family clapped when the panel denied her bid for freedom, just like the others. Bailey’s daughter, Teresa D’Amato, burst into tears.
Her husband, Carmine D’Amato, a fellow constable, said of Priolieau: “She has my partner’s blood physically on her body and I hope it gets to her soul.”
Bailey, 67, was shot and killed by Walter Fayall III of St. Stephen during a traffic stop in Lincolnville in May 2007. Prioleau was Fayall’s girlfriend and present at the shooting. She and Washington attempted to cover up the slaying.
In March 2010, Prioleau pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact for murder, and accessory after the fact for kidnapping. She also pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of a felony for grand larceny. She was given five years on that charge, to run in addition to the other sentence.
Washington pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact. Washington helped Fayall transport and bury Bailey’s body in Orangeburg County.
O’Neill pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to a felony, the release said.
O’Neill lied to investigators by telling them that Prioleau had been with her during the time of the shooting. O’Neill was sentenced last year to five years, suspended on service of two years, with credit for two years of time served.
We will continue to update this story as details are available.