Killer of Rocky and Carlo Restaurant's co-owner denied medical furlough

The man convicted of the 1983 murder of Mario Gioe, co-owner of Rocky and Carlo’s restaurant in Chalmette, was denied a medical furlough last week.

Earl Smith, 73, has been locked in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for decades after three different juries convicted him of Gioe’s murder—the first two convictions were thrown out—and he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on the third one. He appeared before the Louisiana Board of Pardons & Committee on Parole for a furlough hearing April 11 and was denied. Gioe’s daughter and grandchildren spoke in opposition to the furlough and Sen. John Kennedy wrote a letter to the parole board requesting that Smith remain incarcerated. St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann and District Attorney Perry Nicosia also opposed the furlough.



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