Man convicted of manslaughter eligible for parole 4 years later

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The man convicted in the death of a Lexington police officer will be soon eligible for parole less than four years after the crime.

The officer's widow and the Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney say they'll be fighting to keep him in prison.

“This is a grave injustice to let this man out of prison and it’s a danger to the public,” said Brandy Durman, Officer Bryan Durman’s widow.

Glenn Doneghy is serving a 20-year sentence for manslaughter in the 2010 hit-and-run death of Officer Bryan Durman.

Doneghy has a parole hearing next week.

With the parole hearing approaching, Brandy Durman decided to create a petition that’s now grabbing the attention of folks from Kentucky to California.

“It just amazes me that in a few short weeks it's made it all the way around the globe,” Durman said.

“I created this petition because we’re only allowed to have 10 people in the room during the hearing and we wanted to get everyone a chance to voice their opinion who wouldn't be able to able to be with us at the hearing.”

On Tuesday, Glenn Doneghy will go before the parole board after serving nearly four years of his 20 year sentence.

“Is it too much to ask that a guy give up 20 years of his life for taking someone else’s life forever? Not in my opinion,” said Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson.

In just a month's time, more than 11,000 supporters have already signed the online petition.

“These are people from all over the country who are aware of this and are supporting a police officer who was just run over and killed,” Larson told WKYT on Friday.

The results of the petition will be presented at next week's hearing but it's too soon to know the impact it will have on the board's decision to either release Doneghy or keep him behind bars.

On Monday, February 24th, Brandy Durman will testify during the parole hearing for Glenn Doneghy.

Doneghy will go before the parole board Tuesday.

Brandy Durman successfully lobbied to change Kentucky law so anyone convicted in the death of a police officer or firefighter has to serve at least 85% of a sentence before being eligible for parole.

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