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'Oregon Five' murder convict released from prison

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

One of the men known for being part of the "Oregon Five" is out of prison for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Shane Sopher was granted parole in October and released from prison on Nov. 20. He is on parole for life, meaning he'll be back behind bars if he violates any laws.

Sopher was convicted in 1993 of helping kill his girlfriend's mother.

He was 16 years old and guilty of aggravated murder at a time when mandatory minimum prison terms and parole board guidelines did not apply to his case.

Investigators said he stood by along with the victim's daughter as Gregory Turner beat Donna Barrow with a bat in 1992.

Sopher told the parole board he was ready to be released and wanted to work on computers and help young people who have faced similar problems early in life.

The Oregon Five consisted of five men convicted of aggravated murder as juveniles.

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