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Parole denied for Kentucky woman convicted of facilitation in torture-death of Knoxville woman


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — A parole board has denied release for a Kentucky woman convicted of facilitation in the 2007 torture-slaying of a Knoxville woman.

WATE-TV in Knoxville ( ) reports Vanessa Coleman of Lebanon, Kentucky, was denied parole on Wednesday at a hearing in Nashville. She is serving a 35-year sentence.

The station said more than 45 people attended the hearing to oppose parole for the 26-year-old Coleman. She will not be up for parole again until December 2020.

Deena and Gary Christian described the pain they feel over the loss of their 21-year-old daughter, Channon.

Coleman told the board she made a mistake and is a "changed person."

Coleman was acquitted of any crimes against Christian's boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, who was raped and shot and his body set on fire.

Information from: WATE-TV,

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