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Man convicted in Lawrence firefighter's death released

LAWRENCE | A man convicted of starting a fire that killed a Lawrence firefighter is out of prison. A parole board official says 44-year-old David Winebrenner was released from prison Monday after being granted parole.

Winebrenner pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the death for setting the July 17, 1986, fire that killed firefighter Mark Blair. Winebrenner served nearly 22 years of a life sentence.

Winebrenner was 21 when he set the fire to his parents home while they were asleep. The parents survived. Blair was killed after a roof beam fell on him while he was searching for occupants.

Marie McNeal, parole board administrator, said Winebrenner will be supervised by the Wichita parole office.

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