Parole Hearing Set for Ohio Man in Child's Death

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By Associated Press | 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- An Ohio man convicted of killing a 6-year-old while driving drunk will get a chance to argue for his release from prison.

The Kentucky Parole Board is scheduled to take up the case of 50-year-old Joseph Paul Shreve on Tuesday. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the death of 6-year-old Branson Warner Cummins in Anderson County in 2004.

WLEX-TV in Lexington reported that House Bill 463 that passed in 2011 gave Shreve another chance at freedom by making his original parole decision void. When the parole board met last time in 2009, they ruled that because of the seriousness of the crime, Shreve would have to serve out his time until 2022.

Cummins' family says they'll oppose Shreve's release.

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