Parole board reverses, cancels inmate's release

By The Associated Press October 15, 2013 01:11 pm

PORTLAND — A state board has denied parole to an Oregon man who has spent 21 years in prison since killing a John Day police officer.

Sidney Dean Porter was slated to be released after a hearing earlier this year, but Gov. John Kitzhaber asked board members to hold a new hearing to allow law enforcement officers to have their say.

The 2-1 decision issued Tuesday by the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision means Porter will have to wait until February 2015 for another hearing.

Porter pleaded no contest to aggravated murder in the 1992 death of Officer Frank Ward, who was responding to a complaint of loud music and screaming at Porter's home.

Porter fractured Ward's skull with a stick of firewood.