2012-06-06 / News

Inmate acquitted in warden’s death gets parole

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Parole has been granted a Texas inmate famed for his three acquittals in the 1981 deaths of the warden and farm manager of the prison where he was locked up.

The Austin American- Statesman reports the state parole board voted 2-0 to approve parole for Eroy Brown, who was serving a 90-year term for his conviction as a habitual criminal in a $12 robbery in 1985.

Brown had claimed selfdefense in the struggle that ended with the fatal shooting of Ellis Unit farm manager Billy Moore and drowning of warden Wallace Pack. He said Moore had been stealing tires from the prison and was afraid Brown was about to inform on him.

Prison officials continued to call the deaths murders, and prisons were later named for Moore and Pack.

The American-Statesman reports Brown, who’s now 61, will be sent to a supervised pre-release rehabilitation program in California.

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