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November 23, 2010

Linda Karlen denied parole

Woman played role in ’88 murder case

MERCER COUNTY AREA — A former Mercer County woman has served the minimum of her prison sentence at the Correctional Institute for Women at Cambridge Springs for her role in a 1988 arson that was part of a lurid chain of events that left Thiel College graduate Roger “Butch” Pratt dead and buried in a shallow grave on a farm outside Jamestown.

That woman, Linda J. Karlen, is expected to remain behind bars for at least another year.

Now 57, the former resident of Hempfield Township and Sharon, was denied parole Oct. 28, according to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

 

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