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Associated Press, Published September 17 2010

North Dakota's longest-serving inmate is now free

BISMARCK (AP) — A man who was North Dakota's longest-serving inmate when he was paroled in August 2009 has been released from the Bismarck Transition Center.

James LeRoy Iverson, 71, became a completely free man Thursday afternoon for the first time since his 1969 conviction for strangling two women in Grand Forks.

The Bismarck Transition Center helps ease prisoners back into society. Interim administrator Warren Emmer said Iverson might struggle on the outside.

"We really don't know, given his notoriety amongst prospective landlords, how successful he'll be in finding a place to live and also finding employment, because his name precedes him, unfortunately," Emmer said.

KVLY-TV said Iverson is not talking about his plans but that he told the station in an earlier interview that he might try to hook up with a female pen pal from Minneapolis after his release. He said he doesn't plan to go back to Grand Forks.

Iverson, a former taxi driver, was sentenced to life in prison for killing Dianne Bill and 25 to 30 years for killing Carol Mayers. The women's bodies were found in Mayers' Grand Forks apartment in November 1968 after they failed to show up for work at a restaurant.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.