Parole board to hear case of Stillwater woman

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Officials say a Stillwater woman convicted of stabbing her parents to death in 1988 has moved forward in the parole process.

The Stillwater NewsPress reports the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board will hear Francine Stepp's request for parole at a hearing next month.

The board's deputy director, John Daniels, says this is the first time Stepp has advanced past the stage known as jacket review. Stepp has been denied parole three times.

Stepp was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. She was 18 at the time of the killings.

An assessment prepared by parole staff said Stepp is a well-behaved inmate who poses little risk. The report noted that Stepp has earned an associate degree in business and wants to work as a bookkeeper.

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