Les Zaitz of the Portland Oregonian newspaper reports that as much as thirty killers in Oregon could get out of prison up to a decade early following a court ruling that parole officials haven't followed the law.
The pool of killers eligible for such release could be up to 250 over the next 15 years, state authorities said.
The convicts are serving life terms for aggravated murder with minimum 30-year sentences. The state Supreme Court recently declared those convicts are eligible for freedom after 20 years.
That could mean sooner release for Bryan L. Mikesell, 46, convicted in 1988 in the shooting of an elderly Polk County farming couple, the husband while he sat in bed with a deck of cards, the wife reading a book.
Pepe G. Rivas, 41, too, could get out of prison sooner. He shot a Baskin-Robbins clerk in the head execution-style during a Tualatin robbery in 1987.
And Kevin A. Roper, 42, could serve less time for his role in the murder of a 20-year-old man, tied to a pole at a drive-in theater in Southeast Portland and left to die after Roper beat him with an ax handle.