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Plea to prevent early release of man convicted of killing Normandy police officer

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Robert Brooks (L) is serving time in prison for killing Amanda Cates (R), a Normandy Police officer. He is eligible for parole in June. Credit: KMOV Robert Brooks (L) is serving time in prison for killing Amanda Cates (R), a Normandy Police officer. He is eligible for parole in June. Credit: KMOV
NORMANDY (KMOV.com) -

A major plea to keep a convicted felon behind bars came from the Normandy Police Department Thursday.

Normandy police officer Amanda Cates was murdered by her fiancee, Calverton Park police officer Robert Brooks back in 2006.

Now Brooks is coming up for parole soon. The Normandy Police Department is asking for the public's help keeping him locked up.

"She would buy items for families that couldn't afford them on a daily basis from clothing to school supplies and things like that. That is the type of person she was," says Major Anthony Madigan. 

Former colleagues of Cates describe her as a team player and a smart woman who went above and beyond.

"We are truly a family. When something happens, it affects us all," says Corporal Tameika Sanders. 

On August 29, 2006, Cates was shot to death in the Crystal City home she shared with her fiancee, Brooks. In 2007, a jury found Brooks guilty. He appealed in 2012 and lost. In June, he's up for parole. 

"To think that although your life will never be the same ,this person could be out in society living their life like it never happened, and I don't see the fairness in that," says Madigan. 

To keep Brooks behind bars, the Normandy Police Department is encouraging people to send letters to the parole board. 

"This isn't about a police officer. This about victim of crime, doing the right thing making sure that those responsible for violence like this are not only held accountable, but served the proper prison sentence," says Madigan. 

The Normandy Police Department is asking the public to write or email: 

Missouri Board of Probation and Parole 

ATTN: Sherri-Hildreth - OVS 

3400 Kipp Dr. 

Jefferson City, MO 65109

or email: 

probation.parole@doc.mo.gov 

victims@doc.mo.gov 

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