Parole release date to be set for Coconut Grove socialite in 1986 murder of husband

Florida’s parole commission will meet Wednesday in Tallahassee to set a possible release date for Joyce Cohen, the notorious Coconut Grove socialite convicted of murdering her wealthy developer husband in a murder that riveted Miami.

Cohen, 62, is eligible for parole next year although a commission examiner has recommended a “presumptive” release date of Nov. 15, 2023.

She was convicted of the March 1986 murder of her husband, Stanley Cohen, who was shot to death as he lay naked on his bed inside his plush coral rock home on Bayshore Drive.

Cohen was convicted in 1989 at the conclusion of a sensational trial that gripped the city, each day bringing fresh revelations of fast living, drugs and opulence.

Miami-Dade prosecutors said she feared her older husband would divorce her and she would lose his money. So she hired three men to kill the developer during a staged robbery.

Cohen always maintained that strangers killed the man.

Stanley Cohen’s two adult children, Miami attorney Gary Cohen and former TV journalist Gerri Helfman, will appear Wednesday in Tallahassee to ask the commission to keep her behind bars. Representing Florida: Miami-Dade Assistant State Attorney Abbe Rifkin.

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