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Convicted murderer Söring returns to Germany

December 17, 2019

A German convicted of killing his girlfriend's parents has made his way home after three decades in a US prison. But some investigators, including a sheriff, have cast doubt on his role, saying he may have been innocent.

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Convicted German murderer Jens Söring arrived in Frankfurt on Tuesday after being deported by US authorities.

"This is the most beautiful day of my life," he said after landing. "I am so happy and grateful."

Söring, the son of a former German diplomat, served more than three decades in a US prison for the murder of his then-girlfriend's parents in 1985.

US authorities granted Söring and his former girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom parole, citing "their youth at the time of the offenses, their institutional adjustment and the length of their incarceration."

Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Söring
Elizabeth Haysom (left) and Jens Söring (right) were 20 and 18 respectively at the time of the murdersImage: picture-alliance/AP Photo

Gruesome murder

Söring and Canadian national Haysom were found guilty of brutally murdering her parents in 1985.

The bodies of Nancy and Derek Haysom were discovered days after the murder, nearly decapitated and exhibiting multiple stab wounds.

Although the two weren't initially suspected of the crime, they fled the country six months after and were arrested in London for using fake documents and lying to police.

Read more: Germany's top court upholds murderer's right to be forgotten

Questionable conviction

Both eventually pleaded guilty to the murders, although Söring later withdrew his plea, saying he was manipulated into protecting Haysom since he believed his father's diplomatic immunity extended to him.

In 2017, a Sheriff who investigated his case eventually concluded that Söring was not responsible for the murders and was not present when they occurred.

Söring, now 53 years old, received two lifelong sentences for the murders, while Haysom was handed two consecutive 45-year sentences for accessory to murder.

They were released on parole following several failed requests. Virginia Governor Ralph Norman eventually agreed to their release but noted that they would not be pardoned. They are both banned from re-entering the US.

Read more: Germany: Who killed Daniel H.?

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