Five arrested in local sex trafficking ring, including Steuben Co. legislator and man paroled after 1980 murder of NYSP investigator

Comfort, Senior is also the same Larry Comfort who was paroled from state prison in 2013 after serving time following the fatal shooting of an NYSP investigator Robert Van Hall on December 5,1980 in Corning. Larry Comfort, along with his brother, Joseph Comfort, were involved in a shootout that killed Inv. Van Hall, and wounded his partner, Investigator William Gorenflo, Sr., who were working undercover. Both Comforts were originally convicted of murder; Larry Comfort’s murder conviction was overturned in 1985, though he was sentenced to 21-years-to life for first degree Criminal Sale of Cocaine. Larry Comfort was granted parole in 2013. Joseph Comfort died in prison in January 2019. 

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