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DC Sniper Denied Parole After 20 Years

Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad killed 10 people in 2002

(Newser) - Lee Boyd Malvo won't be walking around DC anytime soon. State records show that the Virginia Parole Board last month denied parole to the 37-year-old, who is serving multiple life sentences in Virginia for his role in the sniper killings that terrorized the nation's capital in October 2002...

Mark David Chapman Just Got His 12th No

John Lennon's killer denied parole, will get another chance in 2024

(Newser) - The man who shot and killed John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment building in 1980 has been denied parole for a 12th time, New York corrections officials said Monday, per the AP . Mark David Chapman, 67, appeared before a parole board at the end of August, according to the state'...

Oscar Pistorius Argues He Is Due a Parole Hearing

He argues in filing he's been eligible for one since February 2021

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius is angling to get out of prison. The former Paralympic gold medalist argues he is eligible for parole, and as the BBC reports, whether that's so isn't exactly black and white. He was originally sentenced to six years for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the middle...

Parole Board Confirms Release of School Bus Hijacker

Newsom asks commissioners to reconsider freedom for man who buried children and driver

(Newser) - The last of three men convicted of hijacking a school bus full of California children for an attempted $5 million ransom in 1976, in what a prosecutor called "the largest mass kidnapping in US history," is being released by the state's parole board. Gov. Gavin Newsom asked...

Gov: Manson Family Member Poses 'Unreasonable Danger'

Calif.'s Gavin Newsom gives Leslie Van Houten, 72, a 5th gubernatorial denial of her parole bid

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday blocked parole for Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, reversing a panel's recommendation that she be freed after spending a half-century in prison. Van Houten, 72, "poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison at this time," Newsom said...

George Floyd Pardon Dropped
George Floyd Pardon Dropped

George Floyd Pardon Dropped

Abbott's office says there were errors in recommendation by Texas parole board

(Newser) - The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously recommended that George Floyd, who was convicted on a drug charge in 2004 and killed by a police officer in 2020, be given a full pardon. But Thursday, when it came time for Gov. Greg Abbott to release his annual list of...

OJ Simpson Is Now a 'Completely Free Man'
OJ Simpson's
Parole Ends Early

OJ Simpson's Parole Ends Early

He's now a 'completely free man'

(Newser) - OJ Simpson is a free man. The 74-year-old former football star, acquitted California murder defendant, and convicted Las Vegas armed robber was granted good behavior credits and discharged from parole effective Dec. 1, Nevada State Police spokeswoman Kim Yoko Smith said Tuesday. "Mr. Simpson is a completely free man...

Man at Center of SCOTUS Case Gets Parole After 57 Years

Henry Montgomery, 75, killed a deputy in Louisiana when he was 17

(Newser) - After spending nearly six decades behind bars, the Louisiana inmate whose Supreme Court case was instrumental in extending the possibility of freedom to hundreds of people sentenced to life in prison without the opportunity for parole when they were juveniles was freed on parole Wednesday. From the AP :
  • Freed hours
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He Was a Killer at 13. He'll Soon Walk Free

Eric M. Smith was 13 when he murdered Derrick Robie

(Newser) - Eric M. Smith, who was 13 when he killed a 4-year-old boy with a rock in western New York, has been granted parole, corrections officials said on Saturday. Smith, now 41, appeared for the 11th time before the Board of Parole on October 5 and was granted release as early...

His Case Helped Oust a President. Now He's Free on Parole

Samsung's Lee Jae-yong out of prison after 18 months of 30-month sentence

(Newser) - Samsung leader Lee Jae-yong walked out of prison Friday a year early, in a parole decision showing the conglomerate's outsize influence in South Korea. Lee left the prison near Seoul to a barrage of camera flashes and bowed in apology over the anger ignited by his case, related to...

Release of Mafia Killer Angers Victims' Families

Italian officials defend freeing boss who confessed to killing of top prosecutor, 100 others

(Newser) - After serving 25 years, a Sicilian Mafia boss who confessed to his involvement in more than 100 killings has been paroled from prison. "Giovanni Brusca, the man who destroyed my family, is free," said Tina Montinaro, per the BBC . Her husband was killed when Brusca set off a...

'Stolen Hedge Clipper' Case Takes a Turn

Fair Wayne Bryant leaves prison after 23 years

(Newser) - A Louisiana man is no longer serving life for trying to steal hedge clippers. State officials granted Fair Wayne Bryant parole Thursday in a 3-0 vote after his case drew widespread attention—and a scathing rebuke from a Louisiana high court justice, the New York Times reports. "Mr. Bryant...

It's an 11th 'No' for John Lennon's Killer

Mark David Chapman once again denied parole

(Newser) - The man who gunned down John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980 was denied parole for an 11th time, state corrections officials said Wednesday. Officials said Mark David Chapman was denied after being interviewed by a parole board Aug. 19, the AP reports. Chapman, 65, is serving a 20-years-to-life...

Killer of Michael Jordan's Dad to Leave Prison in 2023

Larry Demery, imprisoned since 1996, learns his parole date

(Newser) - One of two men convicted of murdering Michael Jordan's father has set his sights on Aug. 6, 2023—the date he'll finally walk out of prison. Larry Demery's parole date was announced by North Carolina officials on Tuesday, following a "three-way agreement" between Demery, the Division...

Panel Recommends Parole for Youngest Manson Follower

Governor could still deny Leslie Van Houten parole

(Newser) - A California panel on Thursday recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be paroled after serving nearly five decades in prison, the AP reports. After a hearing at the women’s prison in Chino, California, commissioners of the Board of Parole Hearings found for the fourth time that Van...

He Refused Parole to Finish Sentence, Died of COVID-19

Michigan inmate William Garrison was set for release on May 6

(Newser) - From the ages of 16 to 60, William Garrison spent his day inside a Michigan prison. It was all leading up to May 6, when the convicted murderer who repented "over and over again" for the crime of killing a 50-year-old man during a 1976 robbery was set to...

After 32 Years, Convict Walks Into Pandemic

But Joe Bryan is just 'thankful' to be free

(Newser) - "Just don't be hugging everybody," a correctional officer advised Joe Bryan shortly before the 79-year-old walked out of Texas State Penitentiary for the first time in 32 years on Tuesday. It was well-meaning advice in the midst of a pandemic. But "that is like telling a...

Double Murderer Demands Pardon, Instead Gets Parole

Jens Soering, accessory Elizabeth Haysom will also be deported

(Newser) - Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom, lovers convicted of the brutal 1985 murder of Haysom's parents, have been awarded parole in Virginia—but they won't be staying in the US for long. Following Monday's surprise ruling, Soering, the son of a German diplomat, and Haysom, a Canadian, will...

Board Paroles Killer, 80, on His 24th Request

Three women were found beaten to death on hiking trail in 1960

(Newser) - When the decision of the Illinois board was announced, two women tearfully hugged each other. They'd come each year for the parole hearings, and they had stated opposing cases to the board. One is the sister of the killer, the other the granddaughter of a victim. "It's...

Oklahoma Opens Prison Gates in a Fresh Start for 450 Inmates
State Sets 450 Inmates Free

State Sets 450 Inmates Free

Emotional reunions with families and friends follow in Oklahoma

(Newser) - "Let's make it so you guys do not come back here again." With that, Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board freed at least 462 inmates on Monday, the nation's largest one-day commutation ever. The governor addressed about 70 of the nonviolent offenders...

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