WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo man released on parole following his conviction in a 1976 killing has been arrested after authorities say he left Iowa without permission.
Police say they found 58-year-old Duane Eugene Brant in California on May 11 with more than $220,000 in cash, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1FuRr65 ) reported. Troopers with the California State Patrol found the cash along with a dozen empty hockey bags in Brant’s SUV.
Brant is being held at the Black Hawk County jail in Iowa without bond. It’s not immediately clear if he has an attorney.
A parole violation hearing has been scheduled.
Brant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the convenience store robbery that left the clerk dead. Brant was accused of providing the murder weapon to his friend and being the getaway driver.
The Iowa Supreme Court ordered a new hearing for Brant in 1978, and a district court judge again found him guilty of first-degree murder.
In 2005, then-gov. Tom Vilsack commuted Brant’s life term to a 125-year sentence, making him eligible for parole. He credited Brant’s acceptance of responsibility, remorse and rehabilitation efforts.
Brant was placed on work release in August 2012 and paroled a month later.
Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com
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