Ore. man who beat cop to death to be released
The decision has caught the attention of lawmakers, police chiefs, district attorneys and law enforcement officers across the state
Editor’s Note: What part of the phrase “life in prison” do some people refuse to understand? Seems a like pretty straightforward trio of words to me, but apparently the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision gets confused when they those words strung together in that particular order. Click on the related article below to get detailed instructions on how we can work together to reverse the decision to free this killer.
By Richard Cockle
JOHN DAY, Ore. — Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was the second lawman on scene 21 years ago when an intoxicated logger named Sidney Dean Porter beat a John Day police officer to death with a chunk of firewood.
Officer Frank L. Ward, 39, was responding to an after-midnight complaint of domestic abuse and loud music at Porter's home on April 8, 1992.
Entering the home, Ward found the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Porter assaulting his wife and pepper-sprayed the man.
The 32-year-old Porter was convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Now, the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision has put that deadly night front and center once again by agreeing to release Porter on June 7.
The decision has caught the attention of lawmakers, police chiefs, district attorneys and law enforcement officers across the state.