Longest-serving Illinois Prisoner Denied Parole

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted 14-0 to deny parole for 78-year-old William Heirens.

Heirens was convicted of the 1945 killings of two Chicago women and the 1946 kidnapping, dismemberment and murder of a 6-year-old girl. He was sentenced to three back-to-back life terms and has spent 61 years behind bars.

Members of the review board noted the brutal nature of Heirens' crimes in denying him parole. They noted that he's a different man than he was 60 years ago but said it would be disrespect for the law to allow him parole.


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