Episcopal Diocese of Maryland | WYPR

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

Baltimore Police Department

Heather Cook, the former Episcopal bishop who struck and killed a bicyclist while driving drunk and texting more than four years ago, was released from prison Tuesday.

Cook, who was the second-highest-ranking Episcopal leader in Maryland, served a little more than half the seven-year sentence she received for the death of Thomas Palermo, a 41-year-old father of two who was bicycling on Roland Avenue two days after Christmas 2014.