Inmate seeks parole for murder committed as youth

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – An inmate convicted of murder as a teenager is seeking his release under a 2014 West Virginia law that allows parole for juveniles who commit serious crimes.

A state parole board this week deferred a bid for freedom by 32-year-old Michael Day pending approval of a home plan. West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says Day has until May to secure the plan.

The state Division of Corrections’ Parole Services reviews such plans and then recommends whether the parole board should approve it. Messina says if approved by the deadline, Day can be placed on parole.

Day was convicted in the June 2002 murder of a homeless veteran in Cabell County. He also was convicted of felony conspiracy. Day was 17 at the time.

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