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Published September 17, 2010, 08:06 AM

ND's longest-serving inmate is a free man

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man who was North Dakota's longest-serving inmate when he was paroled in August 2009 has been released from the Bismarck Transition Center.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man who was North Dakota's longest-serving inmate when he was paroled in August 2009 has been released from the Bismarck Transition Center.

71-year-old James LeRoy Iverson became a completely free man Thursday afternoon for the first time since his 1969 conviction for strangling two women in Grand Forks.

The Bismarck Transition Center helps ease prisoners back into society. Interim administrator Warren Emmer says it likely will be difficult for Iverson to find a place to live because of his notoriety.

Iverson told KVLY he might try to hook up with a female pen pal from Minneapolis. He said he doesn't plan to go back to Grand Forks.

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