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Parole denied for man convicted of killing Tampa cop

The state panel in charge of paroles saw no reason Wednesday to change the release date of a man convicted nearly 40 years ago of murdering a Tampa police officer.

Mark Mikenas, 61, still will not be eligible for parole until January 2097, when he will be the unlikely age of 143.

He is being held at Marion Correctional Institution in Ocala, records show.

His case was reviewed by the Florida Commission on Offender Review, formerly the Florida Parole Commission, at its regular meeting. The commissioners set Mikenas’ next hearing date for April 2021.

Mikenas’ original death sentence was overturned. He then became eligible for parole after serving 25 years.

He was convicted of killing Anthony Williams, an off-duty officer who stumbled across a robbery at a 7-Eleven store Nov. 3, 1975. An auxiliary sheriff’s deputy also in the store tried to stop Mikenas, then 22, his brother and another man.

Mikenas fired at the deputy, who shot back at the robbers. Mikenas, hit in the spine and losing consciousness, fired a shot that killed Williams, police said.

Williams’ wife, Ann, then also a police officer, was in a car outside the store with their 3-year-old son. Now retired, she was Tampa’s first female patrol officer.

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