Andrew Joseph Conroy

Andrew J. Conroy, a deputy Pennsylvania State Constable, was shot and killed as he attempted to remove furniture from a home on January 21, 1938. The furniture was to be auctioned to pay overdue rent. Eugene Alexander Cole, the resident of the home, fired the fatal shot.

On May 25, 1938, Cole pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to five months to six years in prison, reduced to 27 days for time served. In imposing the sentence, the court stated that Conroy pulled his weapon first and that his aggressiveness had provoked Cole.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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