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Mark David Chapman's Parole Denied—Again

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time, can try again in 2 years

(Newser) - Nearly 36 years after he shot John Lennon dead, Mark David Chapman is still trying to get out of prison—and an upstate New York parole board is still denying him that chance, per the Hollywood Reporter . The 61-year-old, who's said to have learned how to fix wheelchairs during... More »

Court: Jaycee Dugard Can't Sue Feds Over Parole Officers' Blunders

'While our hearts are with Ms. Dugard, the law is not'

(Newser) - Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped as an 11-year-old and held captive for 18 horrifying years by a man who was supposed to be supervised by parole officials because of a conviction for another kidnapping. A federal court, however, has ruled that no matter how badly parole officers may have bungled... More »

Klansman Behind 1963 Bombing to Stay in Prison

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, denied parole

(Newser) - The lone surviving Ku Klux Klansman imprisoned for killing four black girls in a church bombing in 1963 will remain behind bars after Alabama's parole board heeded the victims' families Wednesday and refused an early release. The board rejected parole for Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, who has served... More »

Klansman Who Killed 4 Girls Up for Parole

Thomas Blanton has served only 15 years for deadly 1963 church bombing

(Newser) - A Ku Klux Klan member currently serving four life sentences in Alabama for murdering four black girls in 1963 is up for parole after serving only 15 years, AL.com reports. Thomas Blanton was convicted in 2001 of planting a bomb outside a Birmingham Baptist church that killed an 11-year-old... More »

DA: Deny Parole for 'Manipulative' Manson Follower

Letter to Gov. Jerry Brown says Leslie Van Houten has no remorse for LaBianca murders

(Newser) - The Los Angeles district attorney is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to reject parole for a follower of mass murderer Charles Manson, the AP reports. District Attorney Jackie Lacey released a letter Tuesday she sent to Brown saying that Leslie Van Houten should stay in prison for her role in the... More »

Teen Who Killed Girlfriend's Parents in 2010 to Walk Free

Victims' family members are outraged

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy fatally shot Darlene Nevil, 46, twice on Aug. 17, 2010, then shot her husband five times. With a bullet lodged in his throat, Alan Nevil, 48, climbed out a window and reached a neighbor's yard in Garland, Texas, before identifying the boy as his stepdaughter's... More »

Court Rejects Jaycee Dugard's Suit Against Feds

Court: She was not an identifiable victim when captor was given parole

(Newser) - A US appeals court has dismissed Jaycee Dugard's lawsuit alleging the federal government failed to properly monitor her captor while he was on parole before her abduction. Phillip Garrido was on parole for kidnapping and forcible rape when he and his wife, Nancy, abducted 11-year-old Dugard in 1991 and... More »

Boy Tells Judge Why Mom Should Stay in Jail

'I have seen what she did to my dad,' 10-year-old writes

(Newser) - Bradyn Takach's mother is in prison and that's exactly where the 10-year-old Ohio boy wants her to stay. In a letter to a judge in Warren County, Bradyn explains why he doesn't want Shannon Smith to be awarded early release at a hearing this week, WLWT reports.... More »

Woman Fights to Keep Man Who Gave Her HIV Behind Bars

'It’s not fair that he can get out in 6 years and can do this to somebody else'

(Newser) - Katharine Richards was in a three-year relationship with Lonnie Shane Tabor—she had even lived with him—when she came home from a vacation to learn that he had been arrested for attempted sexual assault. A detective told her Tabor, now 50, was HIV-positive. Richards, now 43, knew Tabor had... More »

He Was Handed Life in Prison for Pot; Now He's Free

Jeff Mizanskey: 'It's like a dream come true'

(Newser) - After 21 years behind bars, served as part of a life sentence for three marijuana convictions, one of Missouri's rarest inmates will finally walk out of prison. Jeff Mizanskey —sentenced to life without parole in 1994—will be greeted by family members as he leaves Jefferson City Correctional... More »

Manson Family Member Eligible for Parole, But ...

... Bruce Davis has heard that one before

(Newser) - Former Charles Manson acolyte Bruce Davis has been found eligible for parole—for the fourth time. Parole officials determined yesterday it was safe to release the 72-year-old, who has spent 43 years in prison for the 1969 murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. As on... More »

Early Release for Pistorius Blocked

South Africa justice minister says decision to let him out was 'premature'

(Newser) - Looks like Oscar Pistorius may have a slight delay before he gets to chillax in mansion prison . The Paralympian's early release tomorrow has been blocked by Michael Masutha, South Africa's justice minister, who says that while the country's law dictates releasing inmates after they've served one-sixth... More »

Killer in Pamela Smart Case of 1990s Gets Parole

William 'Billy' Flynn, now 41, killed his teacher's husband

(Newser) - The triggerman in the Pamela Smart murder trial was granted parole today, nearly 25 years after he killed his school instructor's husband and launched a global spectacle packed with lurid details of sex and manipulation. William Flynn was 16-year-old "Billy" in 1990 when he and three teenage friends... More »

'Prime Evil' Killer to Walk Free

South Africa grants Eugene de Kock parole, citing 'reconciliation'

(Newser) - A man believed to have committed more atrocities than any other during South Africa's apartheid will walk away a free man after more than 20 years in prison. Eugene de Kock, known as "Prime Evil" for his role in the torture and murder of black activists, was granted... More »

Now Those Claiming Innocence Get Parole, Too

Wrongful convictions, DNA evidence bring change to tradition

(Newser) - For years, a prisoner's best shot at parole was to admit guilt, because to claim innocence meant denial. But as wrongful conviction cases stack up, the New York Times reports things are starting to change. "You can justify a release now," says a former New York parole... More »

John Lennon's Killer: 'Sorry for Being Such an Idiot'

Transcript of Mark David Chapman's parole plea is released

(Newser) - The man who killed John Lennon got turned down for parole yet again earlier this month, but at least Mark David Chapman seems to realize that he acted like "an idiot" on that December day in 1980, reports the Journal News . A newly released transcript of his parole hearing... More »

John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole Yet Again

Mark David Chapman told 'no' for an 8th time

(Newser) - John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said today. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980,... More »

Manson Follower Granted Parole—Again

Gov. Brown has 150 days to nix Bruce Davis release

(Newser) - Former Charles Manson acolyte Bruce Davis has been granted parole for a third time but it will be at least four months and possibly a lot longer before he becomes a free man. A California parole board has recommended Davis—who murdered two people on Manson's orders in 1969—... More »

Brooke Astor’s Son, 89, Paroled After 8 Weeks

Lawyers say Anthony Marshall can't stand up

(Newser) - Brooke Astor's 89-year-old son went to prison two months ago following a conviction for stealing from his mother's fortune. Anthony Marshall was supposed to serve a one- to three-year sentence, but he's already been paroled due to his health, the New York Times reports. His lawyers have... More »

OJ Simpson Granted Parole

But he'll remain behind bars

(Newser) - OJ Simpson won parole today, but it'll be a while before he's once again a free-ish man. The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners granted Simpson's request for parole in his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery case, but the parole order only applies to some of the charges.... More »

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