NASHVILLE, Tenn. ÂÂÂ The Tennessee Board of Parole has voted
to grant the release of John Brown who was convicted of murdering Grand Ole
Opry star David ÂÂStringbeanÂÂ Akeman.
Wednesday, the board granted his request for parole, and he
will be released in the next six weeks.
Stringbean Akeman and his wife Estelle were shot to death in
1973 after returning home after performing on the Grand Ole Opry. He was also a
regular on the TV show "Hee Haw."
Brown had served 41 years of the 198 year sentence, and had
been denied parole at least a half dozen times.
"I don't have any right to ask for forgiveness. It's
unforgivable," Brown told the board.
Brown's cousin, Doug, was also convicted in the murders, but
died in prison in 2003.