Kevin Paul, who watched his friend kill an Epsom, New Hampshire, police officer in 1997 and shot at police cars during a chase afterward, has been granted parole.
Officer Jeremy Charron was gunned down by Gordon Perry on Aug. 24, 1997, while checking out a car parked at a swimming hole. Perry and Paul later stole a pickup truck, and Paul robbed a store at gunpoint and shot at pursuing police before the two got stuck in a highway median strip and were arrested.
Perry pleaded guilty to capital murder in exchange for being sentenced to life in prison without parole. Paul pleaded guilty to five charges and was sentenced to 16 to 50 years in prison.
He was granted parole Thursday and is expected to be released next month.