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Parole approved for man who killed Minnesota cop in 1982

Published 10/27/2011, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) / MCT

Timothy Eling, 63, was notified this week that his life sentence for the 1982 killing of Oakdale, Minn., police officer Richard Walton has ended after 29 years. The extraordinary parole decision follows months of review at the department's highest levels and reflects the belief of Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy that some violent criminals have the capacity to redeem themselves through their actions in prison.

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