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Bomber Rex Brinlee Denied Parole Bid

Kim Alyce Marks Published: April 19, 1986

LEXINGTON The state Pardon and Parole Board turned down a parole request Friday from Garland Rex Brinlee Jr., a convicted murderer and escape artist serving a life sentence for his role in the bombing death of a Bristow schoolteacher.

The parole board, in its monthly meeting at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, also recommended parole for a convicted murderer who later saved a correctional officer's life.

The board unanimously denied parole for Brinlee, 53, who was convicted in the death of Fern Bolding by use of explosives.

According to the district attorney's version of the offense, Brinlee placed a "highly volatile military explosive" in a pickup belonging to Bolding and her husband.

The report said Brinlee apparently intended the bomb to be for Bolding's husband, who was to testify in an auto-theft case filed against Brinlee in Tulsa.

"This act of Brinlee's was one of the most bizarre killings in the history of the state," the report stated. "The blast occurred with such force that the body of Fern Bolding was literally blown to pieces.

Brinlee should never receive clemency."

Brinlee has maintained he was in Tahlequah at the time of the Bristow bombing.

Brinlee was docketed for parole because he has served one-third of the minimum required time on a life sentence.

Although he now is eligible for an annual parole hearing, the board unanimously voted to put the next one off for three years.

The board voted 4-1 to recommend a banishment parole to Georgia for Louis E. Huckaby, 48, who was convicted of murdering an elderly woman during a burglary.

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