ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- On Wednesday in Atlantic Beach, the Florida Parole Commission met to consider 41 parole cases, some from Northeast Florida.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood and 10 other officers appeared in front of the commission with Susie Etheridge. Her husband Sam was a police officer killed on Christmas Day in 1980.
They urged the commission to keep Joseph Johnson behind bars on second degree murder charges.
Johnson is the man who lured Etheridge and another officer to an ambush in a bedroom of a house. It was part of a gang initiation. Etheridge was shot and killed, the other officer shot.
"This man should never ever get out of prison. He is just as bad in prison as he was on the outside," said Etheridge.
"A father kissed his family goodbye on Christmas Eve and he was assassinated, that is basically what happened so someone could become a gang member," Chitwood said.
The parole commissioners voted unanimously to extend the parole release date for Johnson by 120 months, or ten years. But state law said because of gain time, Johnson will still be let go in 2021. Etheridge said she was grateful the commission did what it could.
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