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Accomplice in 1990s killings released from state prison

SIOUX FALLS -- A 46-year-old man imprisoned for 15 years for kidnapping and being an accomplice to murder in the killings of two women in the 1990s was released from state prison Thursday, the Department of Corrections said.

SIOUX FALLS - A 46-year-old man imprisoned for 15 years for kidnapping and being an accomplice to murder in the killings of two women in the 1990s was released from state prison Thursday, the Department of Corrections said.

Glen Walker was sentenced in 2000 to two concurrent 25-year sentences for kidnapping and a consecutive 5-year sentence for helping Robert Leroy Anderson kidnap one of the two women that Anderson eventually killed. Anderson was found hanged in his cell in March 2003.

Michael Winder, a spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Corrections, confirmed that Walker was released from the state prison in Springfield.

Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk sent out a public notice about Walker's pending release last week. Kaemingk said Walker is entitled under state law to receive a reduction of his sentence for good conduct because the crime occurred prior to July 1, 1996. He will not be under supervision, such as parole or probation, he said.

Kaemingk said Walker has indicated to corrections officials that he plans to leave South Dakota and live in another state.

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Anderson was found guilty of kidnapping and killing Larisa Dumansky, 29, of Sioux Falls, and raping, kidnapping and killing Piper Streyle, 28, of Canistota. He was given the death penalty in 1999 for both murders, but committed suicide at the state penitentiary in 2003.

Walker, Anderson's lifelong friend, led law enforcement officers to a shallow grave at Lake Vermillion that held shell casings and bone fragments. DNA testing showed the bones genetically matched Dumansky.

Because Walker's crimes were committed before July 1996, when the law that determines when prisoners are released changed, his case came up for parole every eight months. The requests were repeatedly denied, but Walker's sentence under the old law expired on Dec. 24.

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