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Convicted killer granted parole 29 years after murder of Portland man

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Scott Wickee, Oregon Department of Corrections photo Scott Wickee, Oregon Department of Corrections photo
Family photos of murder victim Eddie Gibbs (2011 KPTV file image) Family photos of murder victim Eddie Gibbs (2011 KPTV file image)
Crime scene where Eddie Gibbs was murdered by Scott Wickee and Kevin Roper in SE Portland in 1987. (KPTV file image) Crime scene where Eddie Gibbs was murdered by Scott Wickee and Kevin Roper in SE Portland in 1987. (KPTV file image)
Kevin Roper, Oregon Department of Corrections photo Kevin Roper, Oregon Department of Corrections photo
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A convicted killer will be set free 29 years after murdering a 20-year-old man in southeast Portland.

The Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision has set an April 16 projected release date for Scott Wickee. He will be 52 years old.

Wickee and Kevin Roper were convicted of aggravated murder for the killing of Eddie Gibbs in 1987.

Investigators said they lured Gibbs, an acquaintance, to an abandoned drive-in movie theater, attacked him with a hatchet and strangled him with wire from a theater speaker.  

The parole board called it a "horrific, violent and senseless murder." However, in a statement of its findings, the board said its legal decision, "may not be based solely on its empathy for the victim's family, or the board's abhorrence of the murder you committed."

Wickee was ordered to undergo psychological evaluations in July, September and October 2015.

Based on doctors' reports and diagnoses, along with other factors, the board determined Wickee has, "a present severe emotional disturbance," but also said there is not substantial evidence that the disturbance is so severe it constitutes a danger to the health or safety of the community.

"The board has considered this matter under the substantive laws in effect on the date of the crime, and under all applicable rules and laws," according to the board's action form to release Wickee. "The board's decision in no way diminishes the seriousness of the offense,"

The board issued its ruling Thursday.

"We were surprised, because he couldn’t even get through a parole hearing without his losing temper," Gibbs mother Pat Hanley said. "I was shocked they would trust him to come out." 

"I don’t feel secure about him changing," she added. "He might have answered the questions right for a psychiatrist, but I think he's learning how to answer right after a while."

The Oregon State Supreme Court previously ruled that inmates sentenced to life with a 30-year minimum may be eligible for parole after 20 years following a review to determine if they can be rehabilitated.

Family members of Gibbs, including his mother, brother and sister, were present for the parole board review on Jan. 20 and had fought to keep both murderers behind bars.

"You do it, because you know if they get out you know what they’re going to do, they’re going to murder again," Hanley said. "You don’t want anyone else to be murdered, that’s why you keep fighting, you keep showing up. This is a horrible murder, this is not someone who got mad, this is a horrible murder, and I don’t feel they need to come out, ever."

Once released, Wickee will be on parole with active supervision for three years. He will remain on parole for the rest of his life.

Conditions of the supervision will be determined closer to the time of his release.

Roper has another parole hearing schedule for July 2017.

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