District Attorney Nicole W. Ziccarelli responds to release of Ian Bishop

Greensburg, PA -- After spending more than 20 years behind bars, Ian Bishop, of Hempfield, was paroled at the beginning of this month, despite the District Attorney Office’s standing objection.

Bishop was convicted in 2003 after brutally bludgeoning his 18-year-old brother to death inside their Hempfield Township home. Bishop was 14 at the time.

The District Attorney’s Office filed objections to his release when he became eligible for parole in October of 2021. Despite being denied parole in 2021 after serving his minimum sentence, Bishop was officially released from the Department of Corrections in January of 2023.

Local media outlets reported on Bishop’s release, and despite an insufficient amount of time to respond to media inquiries before publication, District Attorney Nicole W. Ziccarelli did, in fact, react to Bishop’s release and the prosecutor’s perspective on parole being granted.

District Attorney Nicole W. Ziccarelli released the following statement regarding Bishop’s release: “The District Attorney’s Office objected to Ian Bishop’s release and asked that he remain detained until expiration of his maximum sentence when he first became eligible for parole. The parole board keeps the objection on file. The District Attorney’s position on Bishop’s release has not changed.”

Ultimately, the parole board decided to release Bishop against the Office’s standing objection.