Cop killer Sidney Porter’s release ordered reinstated

Sidney Porter killed John Day officer Frank Ward in 1992

In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, convicted killer Sidney Dean Porter listens to his attorney at a parole board hearing in Salem, Ore. The Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision has voted 2-1 to deny parole to a man who has spent 21 years in prison after killing a John Day police officer. Sidney Dean Porter was originally slated to be released after a hearing earlier this year, but Gov. John Kitzhaber asked board members to hold a new hearing to give law enforcement more input in the decision. (AP Photo/Nigel Duara)
In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, convicted killer Sidney Dean Porter listens to his attorney at a parole board hearing in Salem, Ore. The Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision has voted 2-1 to deny parole to a man who has spent 21 years in prison after killing a John Day police officer. Sidney Dean Porter was originally slated to be released after a hearing earlier this year, but Gov. John Kitzhaber asked board members to hold a new hearing to give law enforcement more input in the decision. (AP Photo/Nigel Duara)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon man who killed a police officer nearly 25 years ago is a step closer to leaving prison after an appeals court ruled the state parole board incorrectly rescinded his release.

The board planned to release Sidney Dean Porter in June 2013 but objections from then-Gov. John Kitzhaber and law enforcement officers led the board to reverse itself.

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday the board did not a valid reason to postpone the release.

Kristina Edmunson, spokeswoman for Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, says the state is reviewing the decision and has yet to decide whether to petition the Oregon Supreme Court for review.

Porter bludgeoned Frank Ward with firewood in 1992 after the John Day police officer responded to a domestic violence call.

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