GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A state commission has said no for a second time to letting a Green Bay murder convict go on parole.
65-year-old Michael Johnson is one of five men serving life prison terms for the 1992 slaying of paper-mill worker Tom Monfils.
Officials said his parole application was reviewed, and was turned down. His next possible chance at parole will be in early 2014.
Dale Basten and Michael Hirn are eligible for parole later this year. Rey Moore will be up next spring. And Keith Kutska is next eligible for parole in early 2015.
They were all convicted in 1995 of beating the 35-year-old Monfils, tying a weight around his neck, and dumping him down a pulp vat at the former James River Paper Mill near Green Bay.
Prosecutors said the men were upset that Monfils told police that Kutska was about to steal a coil of wire from the plant. That report led to Kutska being suspended.
A sixth defendant, Michael Piaskowski, was freed by a federal judge who said there was not enough evidence to find him guilty.