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Panel: Release inmate convicted of killing San Diego officer

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Parole officials are recommending the release of a man convicted of gunning down a San Diego police officer 38 years ago as a teenage gang member.

The parole panel at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation found Thursday that Jesus Salvadore Cecena is suitable for release.

But the decision is subject to a four-month review. Then Gov. Jerry Brown has another 30 days to reverse the decision.

This was the third time Cecena, who is now 55, has been recommended for parole. Brown rejected his release both previous times.

Cecena was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison without parole for shooting 30-year-old Officer Archie Buggs four times during a 1978 traffic stop. The sentence was later modified to give him a chance at parole.

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