RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A killer who crushed a man's head with an ax while robbing his North Carolina home will go free despite his life prison sentence.
The state's parole commission said Monday it will free Jeffery Short in July 2021. He was convicted of burglary and first-degree murder in 1985.
Court records show Short and another man broke into a Gastonia house looking for a rumored $100,000 stash. When Robert Steele came home and surprised the burglars, Short hit him in the head with an ax.
The commission said it also planned to release Sticardo McCuller on parole in 2022. He was serving a life sentence after being convicted of first-degree murder in Wake County in 1993.
North Carolina allows parole for crimes committed before the state ended the practice in 1994.