Ore. parole board to free man who killed at 16

Ore. parole board to free man who killed at 16

Ore. parole board to free man who killed at 16

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by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

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Posted on October 18, 2012 at 5:13 AM

SALEM -- A man convicted of killing his girlfriend's mother when he was 16 will be freed from prison next month.

The Oregon parole board ruled Wednesday that Shane Sopher can be released after 19 years behind bars. He told board members he had a troubled childhood and struggled to control his anger but has become remorseful for the murder.

Sopher and four other inmates known as the Oregon Five have had their release dates in limbo because they were convicted during a six-year period when Oregon had no clear sentencing guidelines for juveniles convicted of aggravated murder.

The board also set parole eligibility dates for three other members of the Oregon Five. None of them will be freed before 2048. The fifth inmate will be eligible for parole in 2018.

Background: Court rejects appeal by Oregon teen killer

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