Officer's widow asks parole board to keep husband's killer in prison

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) The widow of a Lexington police officer who was killed by a hit-and-run driver asked a parole board Monday to keep her husband's convicted killer behind bars.

Glenn Doneghy was convicted in 2010 for hitting and killing Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman and leaving the scene of the accident. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to serve 20 years in jail, but according to the law at the time of his conviction, he could get out on parole within four years.

During Monday's hearing, Brandy Durman told a table full of strangers about her last night with her husband and the final memories she and her son have of laying him to rest.

"This is our life now. It's filled with heartache, sadness, and only memories that he's gone. We were not done making memories when he was taken from us," said Durman.

Her family and close friends spoke with candor, conveying just how difficult it would be to see the man convicted of killing Officer Durman in April of 2010 out on parole less than four years later.

"This year that letter arrived at our home on what would have been our nine year wedding anniversary," Brandy Durman said, "I ask you please don't set the precedent to release cop killers after only four years."

Brandy Durman created an online petition asking the board to deny Doneghy's parole. More than 11,000 people signed it, from Kentucky to California and abroad.

Doneghy will go before a parole board Tuesday morning. The board is expected to make a decision after hearing from him.

Last year, Brandy Durman successfully lobbied to change the law. Anyone in Kentucky convicted of manslaughter for the death of a firefighter or police officer must now serve 85% of their sentence in prison before being eligible for parole.

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