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Convicted Double Murderer Granted Parole By Idaho Commission

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An Idaho man is scheduled to be paroled 35 years after he was convicted of a double murder.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that 55-year-old Bryan Lankford was granted an October 2018 parole at a meeting of the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole Nov. 1. Lankford was originally sentenced to death for the 1983 murders of U.S. Marine Capt. Robert Bravence and his wife, Cheryl, who were bludgeoned to death. Prosecutors said Lankford and his brother stole the couple's vehicle after the murder and spent the couple's money and credit cars on a trip to California. Lankford's brother, Mark, is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Lankford's sentence was reduced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his attorney had not been sufficiently notified that the death penalty was being pursued by prosecutors.

At separate hearings, the brothers accused each other of being responsible for the killings.