Two Rowan County men will be released from prison early for crimes that were committed more than 10 years ago.
Larry Bruce Earnhardt, 56, will be paroled this week after having received a life sentence. Gary Foran Lang, in his early 50s, will be released March 14.
Earnhardt was 33 when he was convicted through a plea bargain of one of the six charges of first-degree sex offense he was facing. The charges involved an 11-year-old girl. He was also convicted of one count of indecent liberties with a child.
The girl, who was not related to Earnhardt but who lived in the same house, testified that she was forced into having sex with him.
She notified a school teacher after seeing a puppet show about improper touching and sexual abuse. The incidents occurred throughout a nine-month period in 1984. Earnhardt was convicted a year later.
Earnhardt is scheduled to be released Saturday. He completed the Multiple Agreement Parole Program (MAPP), which has several requirements before a person can be considered eligible for parole, a representative with the Commission said Wednesday.
Lang was convicted in 1994 for the shooting death of his girlfriend and is being paroled after serving a little less than half his 35-year sentence for second-degree murder. He served 12 years and nine months, which was given as a plea agreement.
In 1993, a then 41-year-old Lang admitted to shooting his girlfriend, Denise Hooper Black, 35, of Landis, in the head. Black's daughter, Erin Leigh Black, 13, at the time, found her mother on the family's porch swing.
According to the N.C. Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission, during a review hearing, officials look at an inmate's case to make sure a further violation has not been committed while incarcerated. After other criteria is met, the Commission determines if the inmate is ready to be released.
For more information regarding the release of Earnhardt or Lang, contact the N.C. Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission at 919-716-3010.