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Rasberry Williams, who killed man over debt, to get parole

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WATERLOO (AP) -

Officials have granted parole to a 68-year-old Iowa inmate who has been imprisoned since 1974 for the killing of a man over a gambling debt.

The Iowa Board of Parole on Wednesday approved the release of Rasberry Williams, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man outside a Waterloo pool hall.

Over the decades, Williams had been a model inmate and in 1979 helped end a prison standoff in which two guards were taken hostage.

Gov. Terry Branstad commuted his sentence last year, making him eligible for parole.

The Des Moines Register reports parole board chairman Jason Carlstrom maintained Williams wouldn't be a threat if released.

Corrections Department spokesman Fred Scaletta says inmates typically are released two to four weeks after the board's decisions.

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