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Man Sentenced To Life For Killing Neighbor In Dispute Over $30 Gambling Debt Could Be Released

Good Behavior Could Mean Freedom For Rasberry Williams After 39 Years


An Iowa man who was convicted for killing his neighbor in a dispute over a $30 gambling debt might get out of prison after serving 39 years of a life sentence. In prison, he behaved in a way that the state thinks has been exemplary.

67-year-old Rasberry Williams will get an interview with the state parole board next week, the Associated Press reported.

Though, it is very rare for a person who was sentenced to life in a cage in Iowa to be granted parole. If granted, it could also take awhile before he is actually released.

According to the report, “Williams fatally shot his neighbor, Lester Givhan, outside of a Waterloo pool hall in July 1974 over a $30 gambling debt he said Givhan owed him. Williams argued that he shot Givhan in self-defense, but he was convicted of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.”

“I’m going to try to get me a job and do something positive. And I would never come back to the penitentiary or do anything wrong,” Williams told the board last year.