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Associated Press, Published July 22 2010

Bureau: Bell doesn’t need heavy security

The Federal Bureau of Prisons says convicted North Dakota killer Kyle Bell was moved out of a federal “super-max” prison because he doesn’t need heavy security.

The bureau explains the transfer in a letter to Sen. Byron Dorgan, who last month called Bell’s transfer inappropriate. Dorgan still calls the move “just plain wrong.”

Bell had been held since 2000 at the super-max prison in Florence, Colo. He was moved to Tucson, Ariz., in March.

Bell has been held in federal prison as part of a prisoner swap agreement with North Dakota.

He was sent to the super-max prison after he escaped from a transport bus in October 1999. He was captured three months later.

Bell was sentenced to life in 1999 for killing 11-year-old Jeanna North of Fargo, who disappeared in June 1993.


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