LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The man convicted in the hit-and-run death of a Lexington police officer in 2010 was released from jail after serving less than half his sentence, according to the Kentucky Peace Officers’ Association.
Officer Bryan Durman was hit by Glenn Doneghy after investigating a noise complaint in April 2010. Durman later died at a hospital.
Doneghy’s release date was February 2020 but he was released early, nearly eight months before.
The Kentucky Department of Corrections says this is because of mandatory reentry supervision which gives an inmate a period of transition, to find a job and somewhere to live in the months before a sentence ends.
During this time, Doneghy will be supervised by a probation and a parole officer.
On Friday, the Kentucky Peace Officers’ Association posted on Facebook that the family was not notified prior to the release and to, “Please rally around the Durman’s during this difficult time. Please urge the FOP to pass a law, this notification process has to change.”
The Department of Corrections says for these types of releases people are told the day of release.
Doneghy was sentenced to 20 years in 2011 but the law at the time said defendants could be considered for parole after serving 20 percent of their sentence.
Lawmakers have since approved the Bryan Durman Act, which mandates a longer time behind bars for manslaughter convictions involving clearly identified police or firefighters.
Durman’s widow, Brandy Durman Toombs, says she’s heartbroken Bryan’s life wasn’t worth more and that the system he was so proud to serve, failed him.
She says Doneghy being out makes her feel uneasy and she’s exhausted having to fight for him to receive the punishment he deserves.
The Kentucky Peace Officer’s Association had this to say on his release:
“This convicted cop killer was let out on good behavior. How soon we forget about the killer’s behavior that led to his incarceration in the first place. What a slap in the face to Bryan’s family; not to mention all the law enforcement officers that selflessly report for duty every day. ”
The Lexington Police Department said it had no comment at this time.