On January 23, 2017 PLEA Board members Ken Crane and Darrell Kriplean attended and spoke on behalf of deceased Phoenix Officer Robert T. (Bob) Fike who was killed in in the line of duty on January 8, 1986 while investigating suspicious activity behind the Circle K at 12th Street and Indian School Road. Officer Fike, while on routine patrol noticed a vehicle parked behind the Circle K. A suspect later identified as 21 year old Matthew Milburn confronted officer Fike, pulled a gun, and shot and killed Officer Fike. Passing citizens noticed the police car in the alley, investigated and called for help. Milburn was located and arrested seven weeks later and charged with armed robbery and first degree murder.
PLEA, along with others present, voiced our strong opposition to the board in the matter of granting parole to convicted cop killer Matthew Milburn. After hearing statements from all present to include Milburn himself via video conference link, the board voted to deny parole. It is possible that Milburn could be reconsidered for parole in as little as a year to year and a half from now.