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Faye Copeland, once oldest woman on death row, released on parole

Sept 3, 2008

CHILLICOTHE, Missouri An inmate who at one time was the oldest woman on Missouri's death row has been paroled because of a severe medical condition, a state official said.

Faye Copeland, convicted along with her husband of fatally shooting five transients, was paroled Friday, Department of Corrections spokesman Tim Kniest said Sunday.

Copeland, 81, was serving a sentence of life without parole, but Kniest said state law allows the parole board to release such inmates if they are terminally ill or have a medical condition that cannot be cared for in prison.

Al Copeland said his mother suffered a stroke on Aug. 10 that left her partially paralyzed..

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