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Excerpts from letters backing Burke’s bid for leniency

Excerpts from letters supporting former Suffolk Police Chief James Burke:

“I am aware that Chief Burke has made some poor decisions that have led to his current incarceration. During the time that I worked for the Chief, I saw a very different side of the man. . . . It is my hope that the years of public service he provided will be considered when it comes time to sentence him.”

— Jack Fitzpatrick, former commanding officer, Suffolk police Homicide Squad

“As president of Crime Stoppers of Suffolk County, I must declare that . . . Burke has been a dedicated supporter of our organization and to the communities of Suffolk County.”

— Nick Amarr

“While I do not wish to minimize Chief Burke’s action which brings him before your Honor, I pray that the Court will look at this singular event as an unfortunate aberration in an otherwise stellar life and career, and upon sentencing Chief Burke, temper justice with mercy.”

— Daniel J. Murphy, Riverhead attorney and former Suffolk County prosecutor

“Please know that James is extremely sorry and embarrassed for his actions. He is a good person. I urge you to strongly consider this when sentencing him.”

— Edward Fandrey, retired Suffolk detective sergeant

“James worked his way up the ladder. I was proud to attend his many promotions and ceremonies throughout the years. Nevertheless, I need him more than ever as my caregiver, advisor and advocate in the final chapter of my life.”

— Frances Toal, Burke’s mother

“Ultimately, while I am aware of his recent guilty plea and conviction, I strongly believe that his admitted wrongdoing pales in comparison to a career devoted to the administration of justice and passion for the safety of Suffolk County residents.”

— Paul J. Tonna, former Suffolk legislator and presiding officer


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