[Ppnews] Leonard Peltier denied parole - gets 15-year hit

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Fri Aug 21 13:59:04 EDT 2009

American Indian activist denied parole

Aug 21 2009 12:50PM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley says imprisoned 
American Indian activist Leonard Peltier has once again been denied parole.

Wrigley says the next scheduled hearing for Peltier is 2024, when 
Peltier would be 79 years old.

Peltier is serving two life sentences for the execution-style deaths 
of FBI agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams during a June 26, 1975, 
standoff on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

He was convicted in Fargo, N.D., in 1977. He has claimed the FBI 
framed him, which the agency denies, and unsuccessfully appealed his 
conviction numerous times.

Peltier had a full parole hearing for the first time in 15 years last 
month at the Lewisburg, Pa., federal prison where he is being held.

Defense attorney Eric Seitz declined comment on the U.S. Parole 
Commission decision Friday, saying the Justice Department had not informed him.

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