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KILLER GETS HIS WISH - LIFE TERM

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The Board of Pardons and Parole gave convicted killer Gary Lee Mabe just what he asked for at his parole hearing - life in prison.

The board recommended Monday afternoon that Mabe never be considered for parole.Mabe confessed to beating his wife, Carol, to death with a metal pipe and wrench. He said he still doesn't know why he did it.

The decision came after an emotional hearing nearly two weeks ago when Carol Mabe's brother and son testified about the effects the murder had on their families.

"We have to live with this picture (of our mother's murder) in our minds for the rest of our lives," said Gary Wilder, Carol's son. "We have a life sentence; so should Gary Mabe have a life sentence."

Mabe can appeal for a rehearing every five years. In other board decisions Monday, the man who shot another man during a freeway dispute won't get a parole date.

The board decided Lucas Bodell should spend at least nine more years in prison before being considered for parole. Bodell, 22, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of Dennis Kierstead.

Bodell and Kierstead got into an argument on the freeway on Christ-mas Eve 1992. Bodell claimed Kierstead flashed gang signs and a gun at him before he fired one shot at Kierstead's car. Kierstead was hit in the torso.

Bodell was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, which carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Another man, Christopher Manchester, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his 3-month-old son. A judge sentenced Manchester as if his crime were a third-degree felony, so the maximum he can spend in prison is five years.

The board decided Monday that Manchester will go to a halfway house six months before his prison term expires.

Manchester pleaded guilty to shaking his baby and hitting his head on the arm of a couch because he wouldn't stop crying. He will be paroled in October 1998.