- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Parole has denied work release to a 45-year-old Iowa inmate who was 17 when she fatally stabbed a man.

However, the board decided Friday to interview Yvette Louisell again in 10 months. She will be allowed to leave Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville on escorted trips outside prison as part of a gradual program to acclimate her to the outside.

Louisell was 17 in 1987 when she fatally stabbed 40-year-old Keith Stilwell. She claimed self-defense but was convicted of first-degree murder.

She’s gained overwhelming support for release.

Her case highlights how hesitant the parole board is to release inmates convicted as children serving life even though the U.S. Supreme Court has said juveniles serving life sentences must be considered for release.

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