Legal Tired Head

(Star Telegram source) Note the last sentence indicates that he will be eligible for parole in 15 years. Actually, it will be less. The law is this: "Under the law applicable in this case, if the defendant is sentenced to a term of imprisonment, he will not become eligible for parole until the actual time served plus any good conduct time earned equals one-fourth of the sentence imposed or 15 years, whichever is less." So when he reaches 15 years (calculated by his actual time plus his good conduct time) then he becomes eligible for parole. Now if he had been convicted of a one of the "serious crimes" designated by the legislature, he would have been eligible for parole after 30 real years. (You can see that list of crimes here.)