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German serving 2 life sentences in Va. again denied parole

RICHMOND, Va. — A former German diplomat’s son serving two life sentences for killing his ex-girlfriend’s parents has been denied parole for a seventh time.

Jens Soering got the word in a July 26 letter from the Virginia Parole Board.

Both Soering and then-girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom confessed to the 1985 murder of her parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, who were stabbed and nearly decapitated in their Bedford County home.

Soering came close to being sent back to Germany last year when, days before he left office, then-Gov. Tim Kaine asked the Justice Department to transfer Soering to a German prison.

Kaine secretly agreed to a plan that would have kept Soering behind bars for two years, but Gov. Bob McDonnell revoked that request soon after taking office.

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