- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - A state panel has denied parole for a California man convicted of murdering his childhood friend for money then throwing his body out of an airplane into the Pacific Ocean.

It was the fourth parole bid for Lawrence Cowell, who is serving 25 years to life for killing Scott Campbell.

Orange County prosecutor Matt Murphy, who argued against release, said after Tuesday’s hearing that Cowell still poses a danger to the community.

Cowell was convicted in 1989 of murder during a possible drug-related robbery. Authorities say he took Campbell up in a Cessna and had an accomplice kill him. The men then battered his face to draw sharks and threw the body out near Catalina Island.

The accomplice, Donald DiMascio, died in prison.

The Orange County Register says (http://bit.ly/2eRsvgs) Cowell will be eligible for parole again in three years.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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