Former death row inmate to get parole hearing

Posted at: 03/06/2013 10:33 AM
By: The Associated Press

Photo: Joel Compton
Photo: Joel Compton

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A former death row inmate convicted of killing an Albuquerque police officer will make his case for freedom before the New Mexico Parole Board.

Joel Lee Compton is scheduled Wednesday to make his case in front of the 15-member board via video conference from Hobbs, N.M.

The 59-year-old was convicted for the 1983 death of Gerald Cline and originally sentenced to death. But three year after his conviction, Gov. Toney Anaya commuted his death sentence to life in prison out of his opposition to death penalty.

Sherry Stephens, executive director of the New Mexico Parole Board, said the board will likely not make its final decision public until next week.

That's when Compton will have a chance to sign a document related to the board's decision.

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