MINNEAPOLIS — The Department of Corrections has denied parole for a man convicted of killing a Robbinsdale police officer in 1985.
Seventy-year-old Ronald Schneider is serving a life sentence for killing Officer John Scanlon.
These days, if someone kills a police officer, he or she would get life in prison without parole. But Schneider was sentenced under old laws that made him parole eligible after 17 years.
At a hearing Monday, Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy found that Schneider did not meet the requirements for parole. A department spokesman says Roy ordered that Schneider’s parole application will be reviewed in five years.
Scanlon’s family members had opposed parole. They say they are happy with the decision and thankful that Roy listened to their concerns. Several law enforcement officials also opposed parole for Schneider.