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Cop Killer Denied Parole: A Florida man convicted of murdering an off-duty police officer nearly 40 years ago will not be eligible for parole until January 2097 after a state panel found no reason to change his release date.  James L. Rosica of the Tampa Tribune reports that 61-year-old Mark Mikenas shot and killed the off-duty officer during an attempted robbery at a 7-Eleven in November 1975.  Mikenas was originally sentenced to death for the murder, but that sentence was overturned and he was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.

Federal Government Allows Criminals to Enter U.S: According to a Border Patrol agent, the Federal Government has been allowing convicted murderers and other dangerous criminals from Central America to be released into the U.S.  CBS Washington D.C. reports that these gang members and criminals are able to enter the country due to a loophole that allows unaccompanied women and children to stay in the U.S. if they claim to have no family in their home country.  Between October 2013 and June 2014, more than 57,000 children have entered the U.S. illegally without a parent or guardian. 

Serial Baby Killer up for Parole: A Texas woman convicted of murdering two babies and believed to be responsible for the deaths of 40 other infants is scheduled to have a parole hearing later this week.  Ellisha Rader Mannering of Web Pro News reports that authorities believe Genene Jones, a registered nurse, was injecting dozens of babies with lethal chemicals in order to cause a medical crisis, resulting in dozens of infant deaths.  Jones was sentenced to 99 years plus an additional 60 years for the murders, and if she is denied parole later this year, she will be scheduled for mandatory release in 2017 under a state law that prevents overcrowding in Texas prisons. Update:  Robert Arnold reports for KPRC: "Convicted killer Genene Jones has been denied parole. According to officials with the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole the vote to deny Jones' parole was unanimous. State officials also said Jones received what is called a 'serve all,' which means Jones will not be eligible for another parole review before her mandatory release in February 2018."

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