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American Lori Berenson Paroled in Peru

Posted May 26, 2010 2:06 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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In a controversial decision, a judge in Peru has granted parole to American Lori Berenson.

Originally sentenced to life by a military court as an accomplice to revolutionary activities there, Berenson, who is now 40, is serving a 20-year term after being convicted of lesser charges by a civilian court, reports the Los Angeles Times.

She has been in prison for nearly 15 years, and must remain in Peru until 2015 under yesterday's decision by Judge Jessica Leon.

Berenson married her lawyer, Anibal Apari Sanchez, and had a son last year. Her father, who is joyous about his daughter's release, says she and her husband have separated, reports the Associated Press.

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