ACCOMPLICES GOT LIFE TERMS; PAROLE UNLIKELY.
Two self-confessed accomplices whose grisly testimony helped seal the fate of William Bonin are serving life prison terms but are scheduled to have parole hearings - one in 1998 and the other in 2000.
But Bonin's prosecutor, Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Sterling Norris, said their release isn't likely any time soon - the state parole board has been refusing parole recently to anyone sentenced to life in prison.
Gregory Matthew Miley, 34, who avoided the death penalty by testifying against Bonin, was sentenced to 25 years to life for the slayings of two boys - ages 12 and 15.
Miley, who authorities said at the time had an IQ of only 56, had admitted in testimony that he and Bonin strangled two boys within hours of each other in the rear of Bonin's van.
He faces a March 2000 parole hearing.
A second man, James Michael Munro, who also was convicted of murder in the freeway killings, recently was denied parole. He will not have another hearing until 1998.
Munro admitted taking part in the killing of an 18-year-old man from Downey.
Another man charged with Bonin, William Ray Pugh, was released from prison after serving time for a manslaughter conviction, while another suspected accomplice, Vernon Butts, killed himself.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Feb 23, 1996|
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