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Suspect in Breasia Terrell case paroled just weeks prior

Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 6:53 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KYOU) -

Newly released records show Iowa granted an early release from prison to a repeat offender just months before he allegedly kidnapped and killed 10-year-old Breasia Terrell.

The Iowa Board of Parole granted Henry Dinkins parole from a Davenport minimum-security facility in March 2020. The board determined he was “able and willing to fulfill the obligations of a law abiding citizen.”

A parole order signed by board chair Helen Miller says “there is a reasonable probability” that Dinkins can be released without harming the community. Less than four months after his release, Dinkins allegedly kidnapped Terrell from a Davenport apartment complex, shot her to death and hid her body in rural eastern Iowa.

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