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Gary Dean Olson, 70, listens to the North Dakota Parole Board via interactive television on Monday at the State Penitentiary in Bismarck. Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

Man sentenced to life in prison denied parole: Olson, convicted for murdering his estranged wife and a teenage girl, will likely never be set free

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BISMARCK — More than 35 years after he was convicted of murdering his estranged wife and a 16-year-old girl from West Fargo, Gary Dean Olson had one chance Monday to make his case for parole.


But the 70-year-old inmate wasn’t sure he wanted freedom, despite his continued claims of innocence.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.