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Oregon to Parole Cop Killer

May 29, 2013  | 

Oregon's parole board has brushed off objections from law enforcement to release a logger convicted of beating to death a John Day Police Department officer in 1992.

Sidney Dean Porter, 52, is scheduled to go free on June 7, reports the Oregonian.

Porter was convicted of murdering Officer Frank L. Ward in the early morning of April 8, 1992 with his fists and a chunk of firewood. The officer had pepper-sprayed Porter, who then pulled the officer's police jacket over his head so he couldn't fight back. Porter was convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to life in prison.

In February, the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision decided to end his prison term. Police chiefs and district attorneys from around the state testified in February at a hearing that Porter should remain in prison.

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[email protected] @ 5/29/2013 2:13 PM

BS! Lets' get the names of the morons on the Parole Board and make sure this pos is remanded to their custody for life, have him live in their homes, with their families. The kalifornia mentality must be drifting north. Blues, Stay Safe.

therookie @ 5/30/2013 2:47 PM

Bob, feel the same. I was a Deputy at Yamhill Co. S.O. McMinnville, OR in 90's. The State has so many laws for perps it hurts. Budgets at S.O'. are through mill levies. Currently Josephine County S.O. has 6 Deputies for 82,000 + citizens. It's a state that does not like L.E. It is sad.

Chuck @ 5/30/2013 2:51 PM

Thanks for stabbing us in the back. Any way of keeping tabs on this POS ? Stay safe blues

Bud Chapman @ 5/30/2013 3:32 PM

I am not a POLICEMAN But, my sympathies lay with law enforcement, having studied Criminal Justice. I'd like to know what the hell is wrong with the Oregon Prison System to parole a KILLER that was sentenced to life in prison for killing a cop, there was no excuse for such brutality, just because he got sprayed with pepper spray, for God Sakes. No wonder the whole criminal justice system is goin to hell in a hand-basket!

DB @ 5/30/2013 3:48 PM

OK...agreed with a comments I know to shoot to kill instead of using pepper taxpayers for housing the perp and court fees involved. Track this killer and bury the remains..!

LT @ 5/30/2013 4:31 PM

Hey Oregon Board of Parole and Post Prison Supervision...would you agree to let this pos stay with you for the rest of his life? The deceased officers family will never see him again until heaven so why should this pos see daylight? I thought Oregon was better than this. Guess there are stupid people in Oregon too. If he kills another cop you might want to watch your 6. Stay true to blue.

Cpl. @ 5/30/2013 4:44 PM

Are you kidding me...

RICHARD ISAACS @ 5/30/2013 5:36 PM


Duke Holtzman @ 5/30/2013 6:20 PM

Let the cop killer move in with the SOB(S) who aproved this and date their daughters or sons because they are that stupid!! Cops should be advised where the SOB(S) live and NOT RESPOND TO CALLS FOR SERVICE TO THEM!!! Let criminals help them!!

Capt. Crunch @ 5/30/2013 7:37 PM

Bob, you are wrong this would not happen in California. If you read the article the morons on the parole board released this POS without knowing all the facts. California had nothing to do with this POS so don't mention us. I feel safe, happy and proud that I live in California and I would not trade this state for any other state. I'm willing to bet that if you moved out here for one year, you would not go back to where ever you came from.

longtimecop @ 5/30/2013 8:38 PM

This is why the State of Virginia, when George Allen was governor, abolished parole, and now requires a convicted felon to serve AT LEAST 85% of their sentence! Best thing that ever happened to our justice system in this state!

DesertFuzz @ 5/30/2013 9:28 PM

Everyone on the parole board should be beaten like Officer Ward was.

maddog 81mm @ 5/31/2013 3:40 AM

WTF Oregon ??? Your state , is beginning to look like the 1890s' " Hole in the Wall " where there was no law , and order, and where the shitheads of the day found refuge !!! There , money talks , and law , and order walks !!! LEOs be careful, it appears you're on your own !

John Layman @ 5/31/2013 3:51 AM

Officer Frank Ward was a friend of mine. We attended the police academy together. His death was an indescribable loss to his family, friends and the law enforcement community.

In spite of the fact that he has not been adequately punished, I believe that Porter remains a risk to the community. Let's hope that the Governor overrules this travesty.

mike @ 5/31/2013 4:40 AM

So, life in prison is just as good as the death penalty? I'm shocked that such a penalty would get reduced.

Bob @ VA @ 5/31/2013 5:16 AM

Another great case for frying these dirtbags. Statistics show zero recidivism after executions. Be alert out there in OR, and don't even think about your pepper spray if you run into Porter.

state of jefferson @ 5/31/2013 8:46 AM

I am a LEO from Oregon and remember when this officer was brutally murdered. This is another prime example of "Life in Prison" versus death penalty. Apparently the out of touch and liberal Parole Board thinks that 21 years equates to life in prison. I have seen us fight ourselves so much of this in this state, with the police trying to put people in prison that need to go and having to fight with the Parole board who want to let them out. As for Josephine County, they just shot down another levy and now are probably going to have one deputy and the Sheriff for all county responses of 82,000 + citizens. Hopefully law abiding citizens with CHL's will fill the void and properly protect themselves from criminal attack. Sight picture and trigger squeeze will do a better job than our states so called criminal justice system.

westcoastleo @ 5/31/2013 12:45 PM

Apparently in OR as in other LIB states, life in prison does not mean life in prison. Someday it will change tho. It will take a full string of murders of all the LIBS in the high places of our system to clean it out. This country needs a cleaning and when it starts it will be a bloody mess. This guy will kill again, unless someone goes out and finds him before. The system is broken, just like anything else that is broken, if you cant find a good person to repair it, You might have to REPAIR it yourself. Hunting season for Sidney Dean Porter, 52, starts on June 7th..

pd @ 5/31/2013 11:04 PM

Come on police mag... give us some addresses and phone numbers to call so we can BOMBARD them with angry LEOs... this is insane.

pd @ 5/31/2013 11:15 PM

Fellow LEO's - here is the contact information for the executive director of the parole board "a process guy" who refuses to keep this MURDERER behind bars. Please email and call him so that he is aware that law enforcement across the nation believes that his actions as the executive director are inexcusable:

Jay Scroggin
Executive Director 503-945-0919
[email protected]

TERRY F. ZECH @ 6/1/2013 6:37 AM

I hope that gentlemen is leaving the state because he should not even think he will get employment. Let alone a place to hang his killers hat. He should have been executed.

[email protected] @ 6/1/2013 1:05 PM

This is for "capt.crunch": I related my comments to kalifornia due to that states nanny administration turning over forty thousand FELONS back in to the streets, for having the longest time on death row for MURDERERS who never get executed and may even get released, as well as tying the hands of LEOs statewide. I guess by your self-styled rank your one of the problems with that state, not part of the solution. And I live in America, in Arizona. You know, the state to your east who is not so deep in debt as you, who support our Law Enforcement community, uphold the law on illegal tresspassers and honor the second amendment? Take another sip of the koolaid. Blues, stay safe.

Brad @ 6/1/2013 4:28 PM

POS judge should have gave him the firing squad or electric chair "Old Sparkey"

plato's playdough @ 6/1/2013 7:27 PM

Maybe the explanation is more simple... maybe they have declared war on LE. In their position, ignorance of all the facts is no excuse, but could be an attempt at an alibi. As the line goes in the movie "The Recruit" **Everything is a test**

Capt. crunch @ 6/2/2013 2:38 PM

Hi Bob, you should really keep your comments to yourself and learn how to spell C A L I F O R N I A. I could but I don't bad mouth your state so butt out, problem child. Blues and Tans stay safe.

Sgt. Mike @ 6/3/2013 10:24 PM

Contact anyone you want, I doubt this is more then a political move on the part of the Board, and clearly, our comments and opinions won't change this case outcome.

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S.S. @ 6/5/2013 1:49 PM

I don't have the words right now. This really pisses me off! Im a TX. law enforcement officer, and I am PROUD to lead the nation in stats in putting scumbags out of OUR misery. They get what they deserve. I just wish the rest of these so-called liberal states in our fine nation would follow. Instead of it getting better it's getting worse.

Roscoe @ 9/26/2013 1:19 PM

Why did he he kill the cop?? Did the cop have it coming? What were the circumstances?

david butler @ 7/29/2014 11:39 PM

if you kill a cop you should die. if you go to jail you don't get out.

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