The mother of slain Queensland police officer Damian Leeding has written to the parole board, pleading for one of his killers to be kept behind bars.
Julie Waters told The Courier-Mail she's devastated that Benjamin Ernest Power could be released on parole as soon as next month, after receiving a nine-year jail term for the officer's manslaughter.
Power acted as a getaway driver after accomplice and convicted murderer Phillip Graeme Abell shot the detective senior constable in the head as he tried to stop an armed robbery at a Gold Coast tavern in May 2011.
Power, as a declared serious violent offender, must serve at least 80 per cent of his sentence before being considered for parole. But given he spent almost three years in custody before he was sentenced, he's up for parole on August 11.
Ms Waters has written to parole authorities, saying they must not release Power.
"I feel like I've been given a life sentence too. I can't believe Powers could be out of jail so soon and back getting on with his life. Lucky him," she has told The Courier-Mail.
"That was just another dagger through my heart. I can't even be heard or represented at the parole hearing to voice my opinions. It's just so frustrating."
Det Snr Const Leeding was awarded a post-humous bravery award for trying to stop the robbery that ended in his murder. The 35-year-old was a husband and a father of two.
Power pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the police officer. He was the boyfriend of another accomplice Donna McAvoy, who along with the gunman Abbell was found guilty of murder.
McAvoy was sentenced to life imprisonment and won't be able to seek parole until 2029. Abell was sentenced to life behind bars. He cannot apply for parole until 2031.