Portland, OR -

The Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision says it will take as much time as needed to make a difficult decision about releasing a 40-year-old man who was convicting as a 15-year-old of raping and killing of a high school classmate in Beaverton.

Conrad Engweiler described the killing of 16-year-old Erin Tonna Reynolds in 1990 and said he only set out to steal her car.  He told the board Tuesday his years in prison have taught him remorse, empathy and compassion. His lawyer says he is entitled to immediate release.

The Oregonian reports the board is deciding whether Engweiler is a danger to society.