Parole board can't reach decision on Elizabeth Turpin's release
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#1 Feb 21, 2011
FRANKFORT, Ky.(AP)ó The Kentucky Parole Board has decided to keep a woman at the center of a 1980s slaying case that involved lesbian lovers and a hit man in prison for at least 10 more years.
The full board on Monday deferred 44-year-old Elizabeth Turpinís request for release or an early end to her sentence, citing the seriousness of the crime, the fact that someone died and that it was a violent crime with a deadly weapon. A two-member panel could not reach a decision last week.
Turpin, a co-worker and lover, Karen Brown, and a friend, Keith Bouchard, were convicted in the killing of her husband, 22-year-old Michael Turpin, on Feb. 3, 1986. Police say the women hoped to get $60,000 from life insurance.
The board earlier this month deferred parole for Brown for at least five years, citing similar reasons. Turpin and Brown have been in prison for 25 years.
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