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Onion Field killer denied parole

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convicted killer Gregory Powell who is facing a parole hearing 47 years after he shot and killed a Los Angeles police officer in a case made famous in the book and movie, "The Onion Field."(AP Photo/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) convicted killer Gregory Powell who is facing a parole hearing 47 years after he shot and killed a Los Angeles police officer in a case made famous in the book and movie, "The Onion Field."(AP Photo/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A convicted killer has been denied parole 47 years after he kidnapped two Los Angeles police officers and shot one to death in a case made famous by the book and movie "The Onion Field."

A California Board of Prison Terms panel found the 76-year-old Gregory Powell unsuitable for parole Wednesday after a hearing at the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo. It was his 11th parole hearing.

Deputy District Attorney Alexis de la Garza, who was at the hearing, said the denial was for three years.

Powell and a co-defendant, Jimmy Lee Smith, were convicted of kidnapping Officer Ian Campbell during a traffic stop in Hollywood and killing him in an onion field near Bakersfield in March 1963. Their death sentences were commuted to life in prison after the death penalty was briefly outlawed in the 1970s. Smith died in prison in 2007.

The crime was chronicled in Joseph Wambaugh's best-selling book.

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