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Minn. Cop Killer Granted Parole

October 27, 2011  | 

The Minnesota Department of Corrections has approved parole for a prisoner convicted of murdering a police officer.

Timothy Eling, 63, was notified this week that his life sentence for the 1982 killing of Oakdale police officer Richard Walton has ended after 29 years, reports The Star-Tribune.

Eling killed Walton during a gun battle inside the pharmacy in St. Paul. Walton, a father of five children, was off duty and moonlighting as a security guard when, responding to a burglary call, he stepped out from an elevator and was shot in the head.

"As you've repeatedly stated, you realized many years ago the devastating impact your crime has had on your victim, [his] family, friends, the law enforcement community and your own family,'' Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy wrote in a letter notifying Eling of his decision. "Your rejection of criminality and pursuit of positive activities ... has been your testament to your victims.''

Comments (38)

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RICHARD ISAACS @ 10/27/2011 7:24 PM


Lt. Robert Tester @ 10/27/2011 7:43 PM

The punishment should fit the crime. Life should mean life. Prison until the convict dies!

Tim @ 10/27/2011 7:44 PM

Sadly, Off Walton has not been paroled from his life sentence.

Bill @ 10/27/2011 7:59 PM

For sure I wouldn't wanna be a cop in Minnesota - you're expendable!

Tom Ret @ 10/27/2011 8:13 PM

Tom Roy-apparently, your testament to law enforcement is you don't take
this cop's murder very serious.

michael @ 10/27/2011 8:29 PM

This is completely disgusting, a Police Officer lost his life to this scumbag.
Where is the justice in this case because 29 years doesn't equal a life especially of a police officer. The Minnesota Dept. of Corrections is a joke and an embarrassment to all law enforcement. Actions like this is why our justice system is failing all of us. This AH should have been executed 29 yrs ago.
The Minnesota Governor should block this and over ride the DOC
Approval of this parole based on the circumstances.

Bob Hughes @ 10/27/2011 8:39 PM

What a disgrace!

It just sends a message to criminals in Minn. that you won't even serve thirty years, if you kill a police officer!

What difference does it make if the Officer has five children, "so what", the criminal doesn't have to support the murdered Officer's children. The taxpayers will support the murdered Officer's children, including the Parole Commission.

I am a retired NJ Law Enforcement Officer who arrested a Police Officer "murderer".. Fortunately, he's is in State Prison for life..

murgy01 @ 10/27/2011 8:52 PM

I cant believe the decision of Tom Roy to grant parole to this scum of the earth...What is he thinking !!!!

JD @ 10/27/2011 10:10 PM

This is complete bull****! That piece of **** needs to die behind bars where he belongs, and then burn in hell! What the hell is that corrections commissioner thinking? I smell a vote of "no confidence"! Get him out!!!

Mark Tarte @ 10/27/2011 10:35 PM

Well, well, well. Truth in advertising. So life in prison is not life, but a term decided by panty-waisted do-gooders who believe the tripe a prisoner serves? Great, he reformed. The courts said life, so let him reform behind the walls. This is why I will not support abolishing the death penalty, as flawed as it is. Life does not mean actually dying in prison. The death penalty does.

Stan Steele @ 10/28/2011 1:23 AM

I could type a lot of things but obviously nothing more then what was already said. It a shame that for what ever reason, drunk high, stupid, abused as a child, poor toliet training, or any combination of reasons. You intentionally kill some one, cop or not, and get life then thats what you should get.

Kevin Graham @ 10/28/2011 5:06 AM

So, apparently after 29 years, justice deserved is not justice served.
The death penalty cures that inequality!

Joy Santos @ 10/28/2011 5:20 AM

What an unfortunate decision the parole board has made. The family of the slain officer has to suffer once again. The judicial system has failed our law enforcement community once again. The laws seem to be in place to protect the criminals...not the ones that risk their lives to save the community. Minnesota has disappointed me. The State of TX just executed a cop killer and Minnesota has set one free. What kind of message is this sending to our society?

Sheri @ 10/28/2011 5:36 AM

This is unbeliveable. Officer Walton dedicated his life to protecting citizens. Eling dedicated his life to being a criminal and murderer. Look at which one it has paid off for. This is what has come of our judical system. Need to go back to old school. He should have received the death penalty for what he did. Where the heck did they get corrections commissioner Tom Roy from. Where ever it was you need to send him back. Just hope the Governor feels the same and keeps this guy behind bars.

Steve Eberhardt @ 10/28/2011 5:41 AM

This makes me sick to my stomach. In this day and age, where it is apparent that war has been declared on Law Enforcement, we are going to let one of our killers on the street??? Shame on you Tom Roy...Shame on you!!

Keith @ 10/28/2011 5:41 AM

If you read the whole article from the Star Tribune you'll read that Roy has freed more murderers serving life. One of which is alleged to be a gang leader here. Plus, this guy won't be released for another 4 years because he has to serve a drug smuggling sentence.

bfelton @ 10/28/2011 5:41 AM

[email protected]

This is who needs to see this.

Greg @ 10/28/2011 5:53 AM

The decision by the MN DOC really isn't that surprising. Those in power in this state believe that anybody, even cold blooded murders, can be "reformed"! They just can't bring themselves to believe that there are evil people in the world that shouldn't EVER be allowed back in society.

Chief Joe Powell @ 10/28/2011 6:26 AM

What ever happened to "an eye for an eye?" WOW. I am a Police Chief in TEXAS.................They just need to transfer him over here and we'll take care of the problem.

Det. Eric Rice @ 10/28/2011 6:29 AM

Minnesota should take some lessons from Texas which executed a San Antonio cop killer last night. OORAH for Texas. Boo for Minnesota.

Janet @ 10/28/2011 7:03 AM

What a shame! Life without parole doesn't mean anything. Look out Law Enforcement Agencies. We have some NUTS on these Parole Boards.

Chris @ 10/28/2011 7:29 AM

Tom Roy's Letter should read as follows...."As you've repeatedly stated, you realized many years ago the devastating impact your crime has had on your victim, [his] family, friends, the law enforcement community and your own family,'' Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy wrote in a letter notifying Eling of his decision. "Your rejection of criminality and pursuit of positive activities ... has been your testament to your victims.''...however, you killed a police officer, and you will die in prison, in Minnesota"

OLD SGT @ 10/28/2011 8:41 AM

Mr. Eling was about 32 years old at the time he shot this officer in the head during the commission of a felony. Eling was way past the age of young and stupid= 16. Life in prison without Parole is a standard that
alot of states hold fast on for the killing of a law officer, corrections & parole officer. Mr. Roy's decision should be evaluated by the Governor
and recinded in respect for all law enforcement officers past & present.

mrtrpm @ 10/28/2011 8:44 AM

I wonder if Officer Walton was Tom Roys son or relative, would this piece of [email protected] have been released. I hope he moves next door to Tom Roy and his family!!

cm @ 10/28/2011 8:47 AM

Lets hope Karma gives him a nice case of reality.. and he gets what he gave

fred @ 10/28/2011 9:01 AM

Minn cop killer paroled. Texas cop killer executed! More states should follow texas's example.

DC @ 10/28/2011 9:17 AM

Not much of a gun battle if you step off the elevator and are ambushed and shot in the head now is it, sounds more like an execution. and the freaking parole board still lets this piece of $%!+ out.

Lewis Clark @ 10/28/2011 9:45 AM

Another sad day for Law Enforcement and a sign of times in this once great Country....

Greg Beitel @ 10/28/2011 11:39 AM

"A testament to your victims"!??? Texas has the right idea for cop killers!

Brian @ 10/28/2011 12:05 PM

What was the Dept of corrections thinking? This animal kills a PO in the commission of another crime and he is allowed to walked out of prision...what a said state of affairs for our judicial and corrections system!

R R @ 10/28/2011 1:58 PM

Looks like Texas has the right idea. They EXECUTE cop killers. Glad I don't work the streets in MN.

Kevin @ 10/28/2011 2:26 PM


Confused11 @ 10/28/2011 2:56 PM

Please write to the Governor and the president, this is a travesty and Tom Roy needs to be Fired!!!!

Talk about a watered down version of a leader Pityful!!!

Dan Winger @ 10/28/2011 3:15 PM

This is a travesty of justice and sets a bad example to the community that the DOC thinks that good behavior in prison excuses the murder of a police officer! This is outrageous and a disgrace! May the memory of our fallen brother Richard never fade!

Horbo @ 10/28/2011 5:10 PM

What a pathetic reason to let this scumbag out of prison... Not that he was the wrong guy, just that he felt bad for what he did. I imagine he did feel bad, being in prison so long; the appropriate place for him to be.

And what a scumbag that excuse of a public servant tom roy is. No capitals for his name, he doesn't rate them.

I hope that Officer Walton's family will be able to reconcile the fact that some yellow-spined office pogue couldn't suck it up long enough to do the right thing. They need to remember that he stood where few others will stand, to protect those that can't or won't protect themselves.

Bob Matzke @ 10/29/2011 9:34 AM

I cant believe this !!! this scumbag needs to rot in prison , this is a travesty of justice. LIFE IN PRISON MEANS LIFE NOT 29 YEARS !!! This bleeding heart liberal Corrections Commisioner and other DOC mucky mucks who went along with this should be tossed out of there jobs on their asses .

Jenny Peterson @ 10/30/2011 1:02 PM

MN is a state with liberal politics. For at least 40 ys., we have been saddled with the philosophy of the old anti-war Boomers who felt that anyone who committed a crime was a "product of society" and that somehow society was responsible for how the criminal turned out. No fault for the criminal. The killer who is being paroled by Mr. Roy seems to be sociopathic. The day that he shot the police officer at the hospital pharmacy was not the first time that he had a stand-off with the cops. Even when he was in prison he received additional time because he was dealing drugs while incarcerated. He has four more years to serve because of this sentence. That is not a person who when clean and sober stops committing crimes. Rehabilitation programs may work for some, but you will never be able to rehabilitate a sociopath---Being dishonest and without a conscience is an inate part of their character. That cannot be fixed. I hope that Gov. Dayton will hear from police officers all over the nation about the inappropriateness of this prisoner's parole and especially from police Depts in MN. If an individual will kill a cop, especially one who doesn't even have a gun drawn, they will kill anyone who gets in their way, including children. Just watch: If this prisoner gets paroled he will be back doing hard time within a few years---He isn't going to stay away from the drug trade.

S.S @ 11/12/2011 10:56 AM


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