Ore. parole board decides to release man who was teen when he killed classmate


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PORTLAND, Oregon — The Oregon parole board has decided to release a 40-year-old man who was convicted at age 15 of raping and murdering a high school classmate in the Portland suburb of Beaverton.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/FfBvpn ) that the board announced its decision Tuesday in the case of Conrad Engweiler and set his release for next month.

An inmate at the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem, Engweiler has served more than 24 years for the aggravated murder of 16-year-old Erin Tonna Reynolds.

His case has been repeatedly before the courts over the years since because he was initially sentenced under unclear guidelines.

His lawyer has argued that with good behavior time considered, he's overdue for release. The state Supreme Court earlier told the board to start the prerelease process "with appropriate dispatch."

At a hearing in May, Engweiler told the board that his prison time has taught him remorse, empathy and compassion.

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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