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Man convicted in comic's murder asks for parole

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The man sentenced to 198 years in prison for the 1973 killing of country comic David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, Estelle, asked on Wednesday to be paroled.

John A. Brown told the Tennessee Board of Parole that he is a changed man after spending 40 years in prison.

"I'm truly sorry," said Brown, who is now 63. "I can't undo anything to change my past. I've committed the last 40 years to changing my life."

Brown presented his case to two of seven parole board members from a special needs facility that houses prisoners in Nashville. The board could make a decision in one to two weeks after other board members review the case. He needs four votes in favor of parole to be released.

One board member has already voted to deny Brown's release. Another voted to continue the case to October so she could see a psychological evaluation.

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