PAROLE BOARD: Murderer Will Be Freed

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A convicted murderer was granted his freedom Wednesday.

Sixty-seven-year-old Rasberry Williams was sentenced to life in prison in 1974 for shooting and killing a man in Waterloo.

Last year, Gov. Terry Branstad commuted his sentence. Corrections officials describe Williams as a model prisoner.

Willams went before the Iowa Parole Board Wednesday and they decided to release him to an assisted living center.

The process for an inmate release typically takes up to four weeks but in this case the Iowa Department of Corrections expects it to take longer because a facility for him has not been established yet.

For now, Williams will stay at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City. It houses inmates who are transitioning to be released back to civilian life.


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