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Mississippi Parole Board reverses decision to grant Frederick Bell parole

Frederick Bell
Frederick Bell (Photo courtesy of MDOC)

The Mississippi Parole Board voted Wednesday to reverse course on a previous decision and deny parole for Frederick Bell, a Grenada man convicted of murdering two people in May 1991.

Over the summer, members of the parole board voted to grant Bell parole after 31 years in prison, claiming that he had been “rehabilitated.”

After it was discovered that the parole board did not abide by a state law that requires a public notice to be published in the local newspaper where the crime occurred before an inmate convicted of a capital offense can even be considered for parole, the decision was ultimately nullified and a new hearing was scheduled.

Leading up to Wednesday’s hearing, the parole board received nearly 2,000 emails and letters from the public asking members to keep Bell incarcerated.

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