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Colorado Prisons Chief Case Echoes Oregon 1989 Killing

Colorado’s prisons chief is at least the second person to be killed while he was in charge of a state penitentiary system.

Michael Francke, head of the Oregon Department of Corrections, was fatally stabbed outside his office in Salem, Ore., in January 1989.

Prosecutors speculated Francke was killed in an attempted car burglary. He was 42.

Frank Gable, a convicted drug dealer, was found guilty in 1991 of aggravated murder in Francke’s slaying and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Gable has maintained his innocence, and his supporters say he was wrongly convicted.

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