French child killer who escaped execution in 1977 freed for ill health

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Patrick Henry, 64, found guilty in 1977 of murdering seven-year-old Philippe Bertrand but who escaped execution at the end of a trial that became a landmark for campaigners against the death penalty in France, has been released from his life prison sentence because he is suffering from cancer.

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French criminal justice authorities say a child murderer whose case has become a symbol of the fight against the death penalty will be released from prison, reports The Washington Post.