The killer of Grand Ole Opry and 'Hee Haw' comic David 'Stringbean' Akeman and his wife Estelle was granted parole Wednesday after 40 years in prison.
John A. Brown, 64, was originally sentenced to 198 years, and the board has denied several previous parole requests.
His latest request came in April. Brown told the board then that he was truly sorry for what he had done.
'I can't undo anything to change my past. I've committed the last 40 years to changing my life,' he said.
On the evening of Nov. 11, 1973, Brown and his cousin, Doug Marvin Brown, ransacked the Akemans' cabin on their farm near Nashville, looking for the cash Akeman was rumored to keep there.
Police said the cousins were surprised by the Akemans as they returned home from the Opry. John Brown shot Stringbean Akeman as he walked into the cabin, then ran after his wife in the yard before shooting her in the back of the head. (Parole? Should have been executed.)
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