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Ex-Texas mortician being freed from prison early

6/17/2014 NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press
BERNIE TIEDE: Ex-Texas mortician being freed from prison early © The Associated Press Ex-Texas mortician being freed from prison early

CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) — A former mortician sentenced to life for killing a rich East Texas widow will be released from prison early under an agreement with the prosecutor.

The judge recommending a reduction in Bernie Tiede's sentence set bond at $10,000 Tuesday. A state criminal appeals court must sign off on the sentence reduction while Tiede is out on bond.

Tiede, now 55, was convicted in 1999 for the shooting death of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent in Carthage about 150 miles east of Dallas. The case inspired the movie "Bernie."

The judge has agreed to let Tiede live with filmmaker Richard Linklater, who made the 2012 dark comedy.

The district attorney agreed that Tiede deserved leniency. Newly uncovered evidence showed Tiede was assaulted as a child and had an abusive relationship with Nugent.

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