Glenn Doneghy goes before the Kentucky Parole Board on Monday, and Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson said his office will have representatives there to oppose his release.
Doneghy, 39, is serving a 20-year sentence for second-degree manslaughter and other charges in the 2010 death of Lexington police officer Bryan Durman.
Durman’s wife, Brandy Durman, started a petition on Change.org a month ago. By Tuesday night, more than 5,500 people had signed it, saying they think Doneghy should have to serve out the rest of his sentence.
Larson shared the petition on his Facebook page Tuesday, saying “We will attend that parole board hearing to oppose his release. You can participate by signing the following petition which indicates YOUR opposition to the parole of this killer.”
Durman, 27, died soon after being hit by Doneghy’s sport utility vehicle while investigating a noise complaint on North Limestone Street on April 29, 2010.
Doneghy was convicted of second-degree manslaughter, as well as second-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of cocaine, fourth-degree assault, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
When he was convicted in 2011, the law said defendants could be considered for parole after serving 20 percent of their sentence.
The legislature passed the Bryan Durman Act in 2013, requiring anyone convicted of second-degree manslaughter of a clearly identified police officer or firefighter to serve 85 percent of the sentence. But because the law was passed after Doneghy was sentenced, his parole eligibility was not affected.
Doneghy was denied parole when his case came before the parole board in February 2014.
Brandy Durman wrote in the petition that “the nightmare I have experienced since my husband was killed by Glenn Doneghy continues.
“... instead of holding the criminal accountable and following the jury verdict, the system is set up to place the responsibility of seeing that a sentence is served on the backs of victims.”