Grant and Lane counties are being considered as post-prison destinations for Sydney Dean Porter, who killed a John Day police officer in 1992.
Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter said Porter remains incarcerated pending final processing of his case by the Oregon Court of Appeals and the approval of a release plan by the Parole Board. If released to Grant County, Porter would reside in the Monument area, Carpenter said.
Porter pleaded guilty to aggravated murder for killing Officer Frank Ward, who had responded to a report of domestic violence at Porter’s residence. Porter “bludgeoned Ward with his fists and a 10-pound piece of firewood,” according to court documents.
The parole board issued a prison release date in 2013 after little evidence was presented at a required exit interview, but the date was postponed after further evidence was provided. The board, however, did not hold a hearing with Porter at the time of the postponement.
The appeals court ruled the parole board should not have postponed his release without “a timely hearing” and reinstated the 2013 release date because of the legal errors by the board.
The Oregon Supreme Court denied a request to review the appeals court decision.