RUPERT, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho man sentenced to life in prison in 1984 for kidnapping and raping a woman says he’s reached the 30-year release date and should be set free.
The Times-News reports in a story on Saturday that 74-year-old Melvin Dan Hanks’ post-conviction relief case will be heard in March in Minidoka County District Court.
Hanks initially filed for post-conviction relief in 2016.
Hanks contends that his sentencing document has a typed note that says the sentencing judge said in court that Hanks would serve a fixed-life sentence not to exceed 30 years.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Homeless Samaritan tale raised $400K. Police say it's a lie
- CNN's Acosta back at White House after judge's ruling VIEW
- Inmate's last words: 'Is it supposed to feel like that?'
- Fire deaths rise to 71 ahead of Trump's California visit WATCH
- CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi's assassination
Hanks received the sentence after kidnapping and raping a bar owner’s wife.
At the time, Hanks had previous felony convictions for rape in 1966 and fourth-degree arson in 1979.
Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com