Man convicted of killing sheriff's deputy is up for parole again

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An Iron Range man convicted of killing an Itasca County Sheriff's deputy in 1981 is up for parole again.

Audie Lynn Fox, now 61, was convicted of killing Robert "Beefy" Lawson inside Fox's Pengilly home when the deputy went to serve a warrant, according to the Lawson's Officer Down Memorial Page.

After shooting Lawson in the head, Fox took his two children hostage and a lengthy standoff between him and police ensued. The children were not injured.

In 1982, Fox was sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

But sentencing guidelines at the time allowed for parole hearings for those who received life sentences (that's not the case anymore). Fox has been denied parole twice – in 1995 and again in 2005, Grand Rapids Herald Review reported. He has also lost a number of appeals to his conviction, reports note.

The deputy's family and law enforcement officials remain opposed to Fox being released, and they are encouraging people to write letters to the advisory board who will be considering his parole, the Duluth News Tribune says.

Letters will be accepted until Monday, ahead of the Jan. 12 life sentence review hearing – they can be emailed to brittany.anderson@state.mn.us.

Lawson's family and friends said following the 2005 hearing that justice was served by keeping Fox in prison, but the periodic parole reviews reopen the pain he caused, according to Herald Review.

Fox remains in custody at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections' website.

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