Rapper Tupac Shakur's Stepfather Denied Parole

Federal officials have denied parole for the late rapper Tupac Shakur's stepfather, who's in prison for leading a revolutionary group known as "The Family" that killed police officers and armed guards in New York.

U.S. Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr told The Associated Press on Thursday that Mutulu Shakur's parole has been denied.

Shakur appeared before the U.S. Parole Commission on April 7 at a federal penitentiary in Victorville, California.

The 65-year-old had been eligible for mandatory parole this year. He's serving 30 years for masterminding a string of deadly armed robberies in New York and Connecticut. A Brinks security guard and two New York police officers died in the heists.

Federal authorities did not immediately give a reason for the parole denial.

Mutulu Shakur has maintained his innocence.

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