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Parole Denied for Convicted Oregon Cop-Killer

Parole was denied for a convicted cop-killer in Oregon on Tuesday.

The Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision deferred the release of Sidney Dean Porter, who is serving life in prison in the 1992 slaying of John Day Police Officer Frank L. Ward, according to The Oregonian.

Ward responded to a complaint of loud music and screaming at Porter's home in Grant County when he was attacked by the man, who fractured his skull with a stick of firewood.

Porter is next eligible for release in June 2015 and the board said another release hearing is scheduled for February 2015.

The board voted 2-1 to keep Porter behind bars, ruling that the man suffers from a severe emotional disturbance.

The board members also concluded that he failed to demonstrate a full understanding of his crime and minimized his actions.

Gov. John Kitzhaber and law enforcement officials raised concerns over the parole board's decision earlier this year to release Porter.