Gov. Beshear honors officer’s death anniversary, new bill signed
Governor Beshear described today as bittersweet, as he marked the three year anniversary of Officer Bryan Durman's death by signing Senate Bill 15, known as the Bryan Durman Act, into law.
The bill sets a higher parole eligibility threshold for crimes that result in the line-of-duty death of a peace officer or fire fighter.
Officer Durman was killed in 2010 by a hit-and-run driver. Glenn Doneghy was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and must serve 20 percent of his 20-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole next year.
Many perceived this as a light sentence, which sparked Senate Bill 15. Now, those convicted of second-degree manslaughter of a clearly identified police officer or firefighter would have to serve 85 percent of the sentence.
The bill will go into effect on June 1st.