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Larry Ray Williams convicted bank robber who killed his accomplice in 1985 granted parole

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A convicted bank robber who killed his accomplice while struggling with a San Mateo jewelry storeowner during an armed robbery in 1985 was found suitable for parole on Tuesday, his fifth attempt at freedom. At a parole hearing at San Quentin State Prison, the board of Parole Hearings Panel found Larry Ray Williams, 60, suitable for parole, amid opposition from the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. The case will now proceed to administrative review and to the governor’s office for further examination.

Williams was one of two armed robbers who scuffled with a Third Avenue jewelry storeowner before William’s gun fired, killing his accomplice, according to the district attorney’s office. Williams was convicted of first-degree murder with firearm use and robbery with a firearm on Jan. 30, 1987, after a two-week jury trial, according to the district attorney’s office. He was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison on Feb. 23, 1987.

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