Gov. Beshear signs bill toughening parole eligibility for crimes involving line-of-duty death
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed the Bryan Durman Act into law on Monday. The bill raises parole eligibility thresholds for crimes that result in the line-of-duty death of an officer or firefighter.
The bill is named for Bryan Durman, a Lexington police officer killed by a hit-and-run driver while investigating a routine complaint.
The new law states that offenders who kill an on-duty officer or firefighter will serve more of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Specifically, the law adds 2nd Degree Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide of an Officer or Firefighter Acting in the Line of Duty to the violent offender statutes. In these cases, the offender must serve at least 85 percent of his or her sentence if it is deemed that the officer or firefighter was clearly identifiable. Additionally, if the officer or firefighter was not clearly identifiable, offenders must serve at least 50 percent of their sentence before becoming eligible for a parole.
Offenders committing these crimes were previously eligible for parole after serving only 20 percent of their sentence.