Arthur Bremer, convicted of trying to assassinate former Alabama governor George Wallace in 1972, has been denied an early parole hearing by the Maryland Parole Commission, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Beverly Marable said yesterday.
Under state law, the parole commission does not have to give Bremer a hearing until 1985, when he will have served one-fourth of his 53-year sentence. The hearing that Bremer was denied was for an early parole hearing that the commission sometimes gives certain inmates who have served one-fifth of their sentences.
Bremer, 31, was denied an early hearing because of "the extremely serious nature of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the offense," according to an assistant parole commissioner.
Wallace, who was shot four times in the stomach while campaigning for the presidency, was forced to end his bid for the White House and has been confined to a wheel chair as a result of the shooting. He is currently the director of rehabilitation services for the University of Alabama.
Bremer is an inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution at Hagerstown, where he works in the print shop.
The nine-member parole commission decided to deny Bremer an early hearing during an "initial assessment hearing" in which commissioners review an inmate's file to monitor his progress in prison and determine whether he should receive an early parole hearing.
Under parole commission policy, inmates can be considered for an early parole hearing after they serve only one-fifth of their sentences if they have not been convicted of homicide or if they are not serving life sentences.