Posted: Feb 9, 2013 10:02 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2013 11:49 PM
The family of a slain Lexington Police officer is demanding a change to Kentucky law.
The man convicted of killing Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman will face parole soon. Saturday, Durman's family announced, they don't believe that's fair and they're seeking reforms.
Officer Durman was 27-years-old when he was hit and killed by a driver in April of 2010. The driver, Glenn Doneghy, was found guilty of second degree manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
However, because second degree manslaughter is considered a non-violent offense in Kentucky, Doneghy will be eligible for parole just four years into his sentence.
"It's very disturbing that manslaughter in the second degree and reckless homicide are considered non-violent, because in order to be convicted of both crimes, someone's life has to be lost," says Durman's widow, Brandy.
Bryan's sister, Michelle Wiesman says even though it's been almost three years, it never gets easier. "You know it's a lot of tears and late nights and you know life goes on, it's supposed to but it's tough at times."
If passed, the bill nicknamed The Bryan Durman Act, would force offenders like Doneghy to serve 85 percent of their sentence before becoming parole eligible.
In addition to being a Lexington Police officer, Durman was an Airforce veteran, a husband and a father.