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Police Officer Parete is Back Home

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Wounded Buffalo Police Officer Patty Parete is back at home. She returned yesterday.

Parete and her partner Carl Andolina were shot last December by Buffalo teenager Varner Harris. Officer Parete was paralyzed in the shootings. She was undergoing rehabilitation in New Jersey. But now is back in Buffalo.

Police Commissioner McCarthy Gipson says Parete was released from the Jersey rehab center Tuesday and was flown back home. Gipson says the police force is pleased to learn of Parete's return.

Gipson says he expects Parete will continue rehab and treatments in this area. The Commissioner says he will give Parete a little time to readjust before he visits with her.

Last month, 19 year old Harris accepted a plea deal. He will be sentenced November 19th. The deal carries a 30 year to life prison term. But Gipson says there is "no punishment" that is sufficient for the trauma Parete suffered.

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