Updated: Friday, 08 Mar 2013, 1:09 PM MST
Published : Friday, 08 Mar 2013, 1:09 PM MST
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former death row inmate convicted of killing an Albuquerque police officer has been denied parole.
The New Mexico Parole board said Friday that it was not in the "best interest of society" that 59-year-old Joel Lee Compton be granted parole from prison.
Compton was convicted for the 1983 death of Cline and originally sentenced to death. Gov. Toney Anaya later commuted his death sentence to life in prison out of his opposition to death penalty.
The board said there was a substantial risk that Compton would not follow the conditions of parole.
The family of Cline said the hearing this week brought back memories of the tragedy and the commuted sentence.
Compton is eligible for parole again in two years.