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Man who shot, killed Winona sheriff's deputy up for parole

STILLWATER, Minn. (WXOW) - A man who shot and killed a Winona County sheriff's deputy could get a chance at parole next month, more than three decades after committing the crime.

John Kirch is now serving a life sentence in Stillwater after shooting deputy John Schneider in September 1980.

Schneider was responding to a domestic disturbance call at Kirch's home.

Kirch faces parole every 10 years. This year he faces the parole panel May 12.

Schneider's family and former colleagues said he should be behind bars forever.

"I don't have any feelings that we should release a cop killer. I don't know if he's improved or through it over, or whatever. Or has remorse or not. A person like that shouldn't be out," said Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand.

Schneider gave 22 years of service to protect the community.
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