ABERDEEN, Wash. -- The Washington Department of Corrections has decided to release Wai Chiu Tony Ng, one of the men convicted in connection with Seattle deadliest mass shooting, on parole.

Officials say Tony Ng will be released in 35-40 days from October 25 to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and will likely be deported to China.

Aspokesperson with Gov. Jay Inslee's office said Friday night the Governor will review this case and it will get more attention . The governor's office reviews all parole decisions.

In 1983, Seattle s International District was the scene of the city s Wah Mee massacre. Thirteen people were killed and three men were convicted in the crime.

Kwan Fai Willie Mak and Benjamin Ng are serving life sentences. Tony Ng had fled to Canada and was arrested 18 months later. He admitted to police he participated in the robberies and was armed with a gun, but denied shooting anyone. He claimed he only participated because Willie Mak threatened to kill him if he refused.

Tony Ng was acquitted of murder, but was convicted of 13 counts of first degree robbery and one count of second degree assault. He was sentenced to multiple life sentences, but qualified for early release if a parole board agreed.

In his 30 years behind bars, Ng turned to what corrections officials called a model inmate. At his August hearing, he apologized for not doing anything to stop the massacre from happening. He told members of the Department of Corrections review board that if he's released, he wouldn't fight deportation back to Hong Kong, where his father is sick.

Family members of the victims have fought Ng's release for years. Linda Mar, who lost her parents in the massacre, said she is not happy with the decision, but acknowledged it was anticipated.

We all knew all along this was going to happen, Mar said, At least (Ng) is not going to stay in the United States.

On Friday, the chair of the patrol board admitted its decision to parole Ng is an unpopular one.

It doesn't make it any easier, I know, for the victims to hear that. But the board has to maintain some emotional distance, although it's very difficult at times, said Lynne DeLano, Indeterminate Sentence Review Board Chairman.

KING5's Liza Javier contributed to this report.

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