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Convicted Murderer Denied Parole
Updated January 7, 2016 8:06 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BLOOMINGTON) - On Tuesday morning, the Indiana Parole Board denied parole for convicted murder Robert E. Lee.

The board via videoconference heard Lee's plea for release that he did not kill Ellen Marks, nor did he cut her body into pieces. Lee can have a parole hearing once a year, and could be held behind bars until his original release date of October 21, 2029.

During his conference Lee told board members he has behaved during this past year, abiding by rules at Michigan City's Indiana State Prison, and that he deserves another chance on parole.

Lee was sentenced in 1987 to 60 years in prison after a jury convicted him of murder and dismemberment in the Bloomington killing 31-year-old Ellen Marks. Her dismembered body was found in an overgrown lot at 11th and Summit street on the city's westside. Marks lived there in a plywood and cardboard shack.

Lee was released from prison in September 2012 after serving 25 years for good behavior and educational achievements.

Lee was supposed to live in Bloomington after he was released from prison but public outcry forced Lee to move from Bloomington, to North Vernon and Indianapolis.

His parole was revoked two months after his release after he violated the terms of his parole by riding a short distance with a woman in a car in South Bend. Lee told authorities he was assisting a person with directions. Parole officials say Lee was hitchhiking.

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