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Former Tulsa Cop Convicted Of 1982 Crossbow Murder Denied Parole

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Jimmie Dean Stohler, in 2002. Jimmie Dean Stohler, in 2002.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

Governor Mary Fallin decided Wednesday not to grant early parole to a former Tulsa police officer convicted of murder.

News On 6 Anchor Lori Fullbright spoke with the sister of Michele Powers, who was shot in the chest with a poisoned crossbow bolt in 1982. Rochelle Ruth said the release of her sister's killer was her worst nightmare.

Jimmie Dean Stohler, a former Tulsa cop, was sentenced to life in prison in Powers' murder in 1985. He was being considered for parole for the third time.

"After reviewing the facts of this case and testimony from all sides of the issue, Governor Fallin determined that Mr. Stohler should not receive an early parole," said Fallin's Communications Director, Alex Weintz.

Powers' own son and the judge on the case had written letters in support of Stohler getting out after serving 31 years.

4/22/2013 Related Story: Family Fights Release Of Former Tulsa Cop Convicted In 1982 Crossbow Murder

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