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Faint hopes fulfilled

Jury gives nod to man in prison for 22 years

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Here are the other killers who have won their faint-hope hearings in recent years:

April 2002 -- Fred Bleich

Strangled a young father to death and dumped his body in the woods to be eaten by wolves in 1976. Stuffed an elderly man in a trunk, removing his only lifeline, and left him to suffocate in 1978. Credits marriage to a "pen pal" and a series of health scares with turning his troubled life around. Changes have now been made to the faint-hope clause barring anyone convicted of more than one killing from seeking early release.

April 2003 -- James Fosty

Bludgeoned an 86-year-old man to death in 1986 with a nail puller and wooden handle, then stuffed him into a car that was driven into a snow-filled ditch in an isolated, rural area. Prison officials described him as a "breath of fresh air" who has made great strides with his life.

June 2003 -- Adele Breese

Co-accused with Fosty. She had befriended the elderly victim and moved into his home. Painted at her hearing as a woman who "felt trapped" when the senior began demanding sex from her.

June 2004 -- Gordon Alcorn

Shot a man nine times in 1985, believing he was having an affair with his wife. Described at faint-hope hearing as a "model" inmate who was suffering from cancer.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 13, 2008 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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