Former legislator Reed free on parole

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A former Vermont legislator convicted for his role in a 1984 murder is free on parole. Gregory Reed has been out of prison on furlough for four years. The Vermont Parole Board voted on Thursday to grant Reed parole, which is less restrictive than furlough.

Reed was sentenced to 19 years-to-life in prison for his role in the 1984 murder of Rene Savage, Jr. Reed and another man had agreed to burn down a St. Johnsbury building in an effort to defraud an insurance company. Savage was killed to keep him from telling police about the arson scheme.

Reed was elected to the Vermont Legislature in the early 1970s at 18, making him one of the youngest people to serve there.

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