CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five inmates eligible for parole under a new state law have lost their initial bids for freedom.
The Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/1qnXwJL ) reports that the West Virginia Board of Parole denied parole for all five inmates on Tuesday.
The law prohibits life sentences without parole for people convicted of crimes committed when they were juveniles.
The inmates include William E. Wayne, who was among more than a dozen prisoners who escaped from the old state penitentiary in Moundsville in 1979. Wayne is serving a life sentence for the 1975 slaying of a shopkeeper in Wood County.
The other inmates denied parole are Cecil Holcomb III, Larry D. Hall, Lawrence T. Redman and John Moss Jr. They also are serving life sentences for first-degree murder.
Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.charlestondailymail.com