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Bernard Hatch denied parole

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Bernard Hatch, the man known as the "Potato Hill Killer," has been denied parole, the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said.

Despite Hatch's good disciplinary record and letters of support, the board decided Hatch's release would jeopardize the safety and welfare of the community.

Hatch went to prison for the 1973 murder of Mary Rose Turner. He's the subject of an urban legend, and a book, "The Potato Hill Killer," written by a local college professor in 2009. Hatch was convicted in April 1975.

Hatch killed Turner in Boonville. A witness at the time testified he saw Turner's body being dragged by a car.             

Hatch will be elgible for parole again in June 2016.

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