Corrections commissioner defends decision to parole cop killer

State Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy says his decision to parole a cop killer is consistent with state law and common practice. Roy defended his decision to a legislative committee saying denying parole to the man convicted 29 years ago would violate state law and his own ethics.
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State Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy says his decision to parole a cop killer is consistent with state law and common practice. Roy defended his decision to a legislative committee saying denying parole to the man convicted 29 years ago would violate state law and his own ethics.

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