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Leonard Peltier, 79, Seeks Parole in FBI Killings

Native American activist has been imprisoned for 46 years

(Newser) - A Native American activist convicted in the 1975 murders of two FBI agents will make his case for parole on Monday for the first time in 15 years, in a hearing his lawyer says is "probably his last chance." Leonard Peltier's release has been supported over the...

Podcast Subject Who Denies Killing Wife Granted Parole

Leo Schofield Jr. of the 'Bone Valley' podcast to be released into Florida halfway house April 30

(Newser) - The subject of a true-crime podcast who's maintained innocence in the killing of his wife while serving 35 years of a life sentence for the crime will soon walk free. Florida's Leo Schofield Jr., subject of the popular 2022-23 Bone Valley podcast , was granted parole on his fifth...

New Louisiana Law Allows 2 More Execution Methods
Louisiana Nixes
Most Future

Louisiana Nixes Most Future Parole

New law applies to anyone convicted after Aug. 1; another bill allows for 2 more execution methods

(Newser) - As Louisiana's attorney general last year, Jeff Landry pushed back hard against efforts to commute the sentences of the state's death row inmates. As governor, the Republican signed a bill this week to allow two more execution methods in the state, reports. "This is what...

Gypsy Rose Blanchard Is Getting Out of Prison
Gypsy Rose Blanchard
Released From Prison

Gypsy Rose Blanchard Released From Prison

She plotted to have abusive mother killed in 2015

(Newser) - Gypsy Rose Blanchard is out of prison. The 32-year-old, who has been imprisoned since 2016 for her role in the murder of her mother, was released Thursday morning, reports CBS News . Blanchard's case out of Missouri made national headlines (and a TV miniseries ) because her mother, Dee Dee...

Lawyer: Manson Family Member 'Thrilled' at Latest News
Manson Follower
Freed After 53 Years

Manson Follower Freed After 53 Years

Leslie Van Houten is now in transitional housing, lawyer says

(Newser) - Leslie Van Houten has been released from a California prison after serving more than 50 years for her role in some of the most notorious murders in American history. Attorney Nancy Tetreault says the 73-year-old former Charles Manson follower left the California Institution for Women in Corona Tuesday morning and...

Gov: Manson Family Member Poses 'Unreasonable Danger'
Court Calls for Freeing
Manson Family Member

Court Calls for Freeing Manson Family Member

Decision overrules California governor on parole for Leslie Van Houten, 72

(Newser) - A California appeals court ruled Tuesday that Charles Manson's youngest follower should be released from prison, reversing Gov. Gavin Newsom. The 2-1 decision by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles said Leslie Van Houten "has shown extraordinary rehabilitative efforts, insight, remorse, realistic parole plans, support...

Notorious SC Killer Cleans Up Her Act—With Eye on Parole

Susan Smith, who drowned 2 sons in 1994, will face a parole board in November 2024

(Newser) - Susan Smith was in her early 20s when she told police that a Black man had stolen her car, with her two young sons inside. Actually, she'd let her car roll into a lake, drowning the boys still strapped in their car seats. She was sentenced to life in...

Killer Confesses to Old Murder. Another Remains Jailed for It

Leo Schofield, up for parole next month, was convicted of killing his wife, insists he's innocent

(Newser) - Next month, a parole board in Florida will decide whether 57-year-old Leo Schofield should be released from prison after more than three decades. Schofield was convicted of the 1987 murder of his 18-year-old wife, Michelle Saum Schofield, and as Richard Bockman writes in the Tampa Bay Times , he would surely...

He Killed His Family When He Was 16, Was Just Granted Parole

Brian Britton fatally shot his parents, brother, and shot and injured his sister

(Newser) - On March 22, 1989, 16-year-old Brian Britton shot his parents, 8-year-old brother, and 18-year-old sister in their home in Poughkeepsie, New York. Only his sister survived. Now, after 33 years behind bars, Britton has been granted parole, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports. He must complete community preparation, and the earliest he...

10 Years After Steenkamp Murder, Pistorius Up for Parole

He'll face a hearing within weeks

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius will have served seven years in prison for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp when he becomes eligible for parole next month. It's a day that has come too soon for Steenkamp's parents, June and Barry, who are speaking out on the 10-year anniversary of their daughter’...

Manson Follower Hears News on Parole Bid
Manson Follower
Gets Some Bad News

Manson Follower Gets Some Bad News

Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom blocks parole for Patricia Krenwinkel after board recommends it

(Newser) - California's governor blocked the parole of Charles Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel on Friday, more than five decades after she scrawled "Helter Skelter" on a wall using the blood of one of their victims. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Krenwinkel, now 74, is still too much of a public safety...

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...

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

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...

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