Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard comforts Susan Miller Habaj, the widow of Officer Ralph Miller, Sunday at Footrace for the Fallen. Ted Gatsas and Kelly Ayotte look on. Officer Miller was shot to death by Cleo Roy in 1976. Roy has been granted parole.

Oct 5, 2016 9:58 AM

Man convicted of killing NH police officer in 1976 gets parole

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — A New Hampshire man convicted of gunning down a Manchester police officer 40 years ago at age 15 has been granted parole.

Cleo Roy has been serving a 50-year sentence for shooting Officer Ralph Miller as the officer approached his house to investigate a noise complaint, which stemmed from a teenage drinking party Roy was holding in his parents' absence.

Miller was 25 and a Navy veteran with one year on the force when he was shot and killed. He had a 3-year-old daughter, and his wife was pregnant with their second child. They had moved into a new home days before the shooting.

The state granted parole to the 55-year-old Roy on Tuesday. He will undergo a transition period to develop the skills and support necessary to re-enter society.

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