PoliceOne Staff Report (WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis.) -- The parole commission sent a strong message to a man who killed two sheriff's deputies in 1978 by rejecting his first bid for parole and deferring his next bid for the year 2020. The 20-year deferment is the longest in the commission's history.
Chairman Jerry E. Smith told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Dec. 7 that the commission wanted Filemon Amaro Jr. and the community to know how seriously it took the convicted killer's crime.
"Even though it's an unusually long deferral, I can't really say I'm surprised. But I'm pleased," state Court of Appeals Judge Neal Nettesheim told the Sentinel, in whose courtroom the shooting occurred.
The judge, prosecutors and the two officer's family members lobbied the Parole Commission heavily to deny Amaro's bid for parole.
In 1978 Amaro grabbed Officer Michael Geszvain's gun during a court proceeding and shot him and Sgt. Quin O'Brien in the head at point-blank range.
"This was a very aggravated event," the judge told the newspaper. Nettesheim had to dive for cover as Amaro grabbed Geszvain's gun and shot into the ceiling above Nettesheim's bench.
Amaro was convicted of two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping and sentenced to two life sentences, plus 35 years.
His conduct in prison since his conviction hasn't helped his case, according to authorities. He stabbed a fellow inmate with a pair of scissors in the prison barbershop in August.
Smith would not comment on the inmate's prison behavior by did tell the newspaper, "our decision clearly indicates that we were not pleased about it."