Lawmakers Urge McAuliffe to Reject Soering's Request

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Some Virginia lawmakers are urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to reject a convicted murderer's request to serve the rest of his sentence in his home country.

Jens Soering, the son of German diplomat, is serving two life terms for the 1985 slayings of his ex-girlfriend's parents. He recently asked McAuliffe to allow him to return to his native country.

The Roanoke Times reports ( ) that 18 lawmakers are calling on McAuliffe to keep Soering in Virginia.

They said in a letter that releasing Soering would "significantly undermine the integrity of Virginia's criminal justice system." They said the murders remain "one of the most gruesome and gut-wrenching crimes in the last 30 years."

McAuliffe's office has declined to say when it would make a decision on Soering's request.

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