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Michael Hirn's request for parole denied

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A state commission has refused again to grant parole to a man convicted of killing a co-worker at a Green Bay area paper mill two decades ago.

The panel rejected Michael Hirn’s second request to be let go from the state prison at Green Bay.

The 48-year-old Hirn will be eligible again next September. He’s one of five men serving life prison terms for the 1992 slaying of fellow employee Tom Monfils at the former James River Paper Mill.

65-year-old Michael Johnson recently had his second parole request turned down. Dale Basten is up later this year. Rey Moore will be up next spring. And Keith Kutska is eligible for parole in early 2015.

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. 

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