Officer’s widow: Help keep killer in prison
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The widow of fallen Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman is asking for the public’s support to keep her husband’s killer in prison in advance of a parole hearing. Officer Durman was struck and killed by an SUV belonging to Glenn Doneghy while investigating a noise complaint on North Limestone on April 29, 2010.
Doneghy was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 20-years in prison. He was denied parole in 2014. He is scheduled to be back before the Parole Board at 10:30 a.m. on February 15, 2016. Officer Durman’s window, Brandy, is asking people to attend the hearing to oppose Doneghy’s parole request. She’s asking for people who can’t attend to send letters to the Parole Board.
During the last parole hearing two years ago, the Durman family and police colleagues spoke to the parole board and delivered a petition with nearly 12,000 names opposing Doneghy’s release. A two-member panel of the Parole Board deliberated five minutes before rendering a decision, denying Doneghy parole.
The Kentucky legislature passed a bill called the ‘Bryan Durman Act,’ that requires anyone convicted of second-degree manslaughter of a clearly identified law enforcement officer or firefighter to serve 85-percent of the sentence. Since the law went into effect after Doneghy was sentenced, it didn’t affect his parole eligibility.