Hearing set for man convicted of killing officer

Posted at: 02/17/2013 1:14 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A man convicted of killing an Albuquerque police officer nearly 30 years ago will go before the State Parole Board in early March.

Joel Lee Compton was convicted of fatally shooting 35-year-old Officer Gerald Cline in February 1983 at a motel and was sentenced to die by lethal injection, but his punishment was commuted to a life sentence by then-Gov. Toney Anaya during his last month in office.

The punishments for Compton and four other death-row inmates were commuted to life sentences by Anaya in November 1986.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Corrections Department spokesman said Compton will deny any involvement in the crime and claim he has no recollection of killing the officer when he goes before the Parole Board for the first time on March 6.

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