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Man convicted in drunk-driving crash that killed police officer is released early from prison

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Porter served seven years for La Grange officer's death

By Janell Oliver

A drunk driver convicted in the death of a La Grange police officer in 2003 has been released from prison eight years early for good behavior.

Gregory Lee Porter pleaded guilty to manslaughter, wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI for the crash that killed La Grange Police Officer Eddie Mundo Jr. on April 16, 2003.

Mundo had responded to a domestic dispute about 2:30 a.m. at the Oakview apartment complex in downtown La Grange where Porter had allegedly assaulted his estranged wife.

Porter, of Pleasureville, fled the scene before police arrived.

As Mundo traveled Jericho Road to search for him, Porter crossed the center line in a sharp curve and struck Mundo’s cruiser head-on.

Mundo, 29, died at the scene.

After hiding in a wooded area nearby for several hours, Porter later turned himself over to police and admitted his guilt.

In July 2004, Porter was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.

Last week, after serving seven years at the Blackburn Correctional Facility, Porter was released for good behavior.

Porter was denied shock probation in 2004, and first eligible for parole in 2006.

La Grange Police Major Frank Conway said Mundo won’t be forgotten.

The City of La Grange has taken several steps to honor his memory, such as the creation of Eddie Mundo Jr. Memorial Park, the renaming of a street that leads to the park as “Eddie Mundo Way” and the designation of June 7 as “Eddie Mundo Day.”

“Eddie is still missed every day,” Conway said.

He had no comment about Porter’s early release.

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