Appeal rejected in 1989 prison chief slaying

The Associated Press /


SALEM — The Oregon Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from an inmate serving life, with no chance for parole, for killing Oregon’s prison director in 1989.

Frank Gable was convicted of stabbing Michael Francke in the heart in a Salem parking lot. He was sentenced in 1991 to what’s known as “true life,” meaning no chance for parole.

Between the killing and sentencing, the Legislature approved “true life” as an alternative to either death or life with parole possible after 30 years.

The Oregonian reports Gable argued he got faulty advice about his right to object to that sentence.

The high court, with Justice Martha Walters dissenting, ruled Thursday that Gable failed to convince lower courts it would have made a difference if he’d gotten good advice.