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Waco PD asks for help to keep cop killer in prison


Decades after the shooting, a cop killer is soon up for parole and police want to keep him in prison.

Theletee Brandon was convicted of killing Waco PD Sergeant Roger Barrett in 1976. Barrett was trying to arrest him, after Brandon stabbed a 21 year old to death minutes earlier in a bus terminal. Brandon stabbed him multiple times and shot him twice, killing the 18 year veteran.

Brandon was sentenced to death, but it was later changed to two stacked life sentences.

Now, nearly 40 years later, Brandon is being reviewed for parole. That's why Waco Police is asking for the public to send a letter to the review board to keep Brandon in prison.

"We don't want this to happen to anybody else, whether it's another officer, a kid, a citizen. We don't want anybody else to die at the hands of a known murderer. So it's our intent to try and do what we can to keep him in jail," Sgt. Patrick Swanton said. 

Swanton says parole hearings take into account whether the public is okay with the person being released.

Officers around the country have already sent a letter and Waco's police chief will as well. One person wrote on a national remembrance page for fallen officers called Officer Down Memorial Page or www.odmp.org.

The peace officer from California said, "I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace."

The page shows nine peace officers in the nation who's convicted killers are up for parole. If you'd like to write a letter to the parole board in honor of Barrett, click here.

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