Suspect in Iowa girl’s murder had been paroled weeks earlier

The man charged with killing a 10-year-old Davenport girl had been paroled weeks before her death.
Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 6:33 AM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Newly released records show Iowa granted an early release from prison to a repeat offender just months before he allegedly kidnapped and killed a 10-year-old girl.

The Iowa Board of Parole granted Henry Dinkins parole from a Davenport minimum-security facility in March 2020.

The board determined he was “able and willing to fulfill the obligations of a law abiding citizen.” A parole order signed by board chair Helen Miller says “there is a reasonable probability” that Dinkins can be released without harming the community.

Less than four months after his release, Dinkins allegedly kidnapped Breasia Terrell from a Davenport apartment complex, shot her to death and hid her body in rural eastern Iowa.

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