Larry Comfort Released from Prison
CORNING, NY (WENY) -- A Corning man involved in the fatal shooting of a New York state trooper during a drug bust in 1980 is now out of prison.
According to the New York State Department of Corrections, 62-year-old Larry Comfort was released today from Shawangunk Correctional Facility, where he was serving 21 years to life for criminal sale of a controlled substance, and attempted escape.
Larry Comfort was a suspected cocaine dealer, and the target of an undercover drug bust in December 1980. Larry's brother Joseph, shot and killed New York State Police Investigator Robert VanHall, Junior during the bust. Detective William Gorenflo was badly wounded.
Larry Comfort was initially also convicted of murder and attempted murder, though those convictions were later overturned.