Malcolm X Assassin Paroled

Friday, Mar 19, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM EDT
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Malcolm X Assassin Paroled

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Thomas Hagan, one of three men convicted of killing civil rights leader Malcolm X 45 years ago, has been granted release from weekends in prison in his 17th appearance before a state parole board.

State Division of Parole spokeswoman Carole Weaver says the 69-year-old Hagan appeared before a two-woman, one-man parole panel on March 3 and was granted release effective April 28.

Until then, he'll remain at Lincoln Correctional Facility in Manhattan, where for the past 22 years he has spent two days a week locked up. The other five days, he's been allowed to live with his family and work for a private employer.

Hagan was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in April 1966 for shooting Malcolm X at Harlem's Audubon Ballroom. Two other convicted gunmen were previously paroled.
 

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