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    Investigator Robert Van Hall, Jr.
    New York State Police, New York
    EOW: Friday, December 5, 1980

    Bio & Incident Details
    Age: 35
    Tour: Not available
    Badge # Not available
    Military veteran
    Cause: Gunfire
    Incident Date: Friday, December 5, 1980
    Weapon: Shotgun
    Suspect: Paroled in 2013

    Investigator Robert Van Hall was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to arrest two brothers for trafficking cocaine and marijuana.

    He was a passenger in an unmarked patrol car and was shot by the suspects with a shotgun. The two brothers were convicted of murder for killing Investigator Van Hall.

    In April 2013 one of the subjects was granted parole.

    Investigator Van Hall was a Vietnam War veteran. He was survived by his wife and 14-year-old daughter.


    Please show your support and take action to ensure that a convicted felon who killed a New York State Police Investigator decades ago remains in prison. Joseph Comfort, who murdered Inv. Robert L. VanHall Jr., is scheduled for a parole hearing during the week of January 25, 2016. We need your help to ensure Comfort is denied parole and kept in prison, where he belongs.
    Investigator VanHall, who dedicated his life to serving and protecting the public, worked undercover in the war against drugs and was on duty on December 5, 1980 when he was murdered. He was shot with a sawed-off, double barreled shotgun. His partner was also wounded.
    Investigator VanHall had also served two tours in the jungles of Vietnam as a Green Beret where he distinguished himself by being awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars - including one with a V Device - and a Purple Heart. After all of his service and sacrifice, Investigator VanHall was senselessly gunned down on the streets of Corning serving the people of New York State.


    If you would like to mail a letter of opposition to the Board of Parole, it should be sent to the following address:
    NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
    Attn: Director Janet Koupash, Office of Victim Assistance
    1220 Washington Ave, Building 2
    Albany, New York 12226

    If you would like to submit a letter of opposition to the Board of Parole online, please visit its website by clicking on the following link:
    After you fill out your personal information, you will see fields for “Din,” “Inmate Name” and “Subject of Your Email.” Here is what you will type in:
    Din: 82C0273
    Inmate Last Name: Comfort
    Inmate First Name: Joseph
    Subject of Your Email: Letter of Opposition
    I make my living on Irish welfare.

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