Gov. Timothy Kaine has asked the Department of Justice to approve a request to transfer a man convicted of killing his girlfriend's parents to a German prison.
Kaine spokesman Gordon Hickey says Jens Soering's lawyer requested that Soering be transferred to a prison in his native Germany. The Department of Justice has to approve the request, and Soering would be eligible for parole in Germany two years after beginning his prison term there.
Soering is serving two life terms on two first-degree murder convictions in the 1985 stabbing deaths of Derek and Nancy Haysom at their home in Bedford County. His then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom, pleaded guilty in 1987 to conspiracy and was sentenced to 90 years.
Soering, the son of a German diplomat, and Haysom were students at the University of Virginia at the time.
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