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Mar 11, 2013 6:03 PM

Durman Act Approved, Awaits Governor Beshear's Signature

The state House of Representatives has unanimously passed the Bryan Durman Act, and its next stop will be a signature into law from Governor Beshear.

Durman, a Lexington police officer, was killed when Glenn Doneghy ran him over in April 2010.

Doneghy was convicted of second-degree manslaughter, but because manslaughter is not considered a violent crime, he'll be eligible for parole in April of next year.

Under the Durman Act, anyone convicted of second-degree manslaughter of a clearly-identified police officer or firefighter would have to serve 85 percent of their sentence. If the peace officer was not clearly identified, the person convicted would have to serve 50 percent of the sentence.

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