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Rasberry Williams, sentence commuted by Gov, paroled Monday

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A Waterloo man who was convicted and served decades for killing a man for a gambling debt and had his sentence commuted by the governor got out of prison today.

Rasberry Williams will be paroled into the community beginning Monday, according to the VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Service.

Williams will be under the supervision of the Dept. of Correctional Services, Fifth Judicial District. However, he will not be under constant supervision while living in the community.

Questions regarding safety can be addressed by local law enforcement agencies.

Williams committed first-degree murder on July 20, 1974, in Black Hawk County. A jury convicted Williams, and he was sent to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On April 26, 2013, Gov. Terry Branstad commuted Williams' sentence to life with possibility of parole. Such commutations allow the Board of Parole to consider work release or parole for offenders, but the process may take considerable time due to the re-entry process.

For more information, crime victims can contact the Department of Correction's Central Office of Victim Programs at 1-800-778-1182.

The notification of Williams' change in custody status through the VINE Service is sponsored by the Iowa Attorney General's Office.

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