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Parole hearing set for Rapid City man who killed Debbie Martines

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ A man serving prison time for the 1994 killing of his pregnant girlfriend is scheduled for his second parole hearing on Tuesday.

Joaquin Jack Ramos pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the 1994 shooting of 27-year-old Debbie Martines in Rapid Valley.

Ramos' son and uncle say the 45-year-old man has served his time and is not the same man he was two decades ago.

Martines' family says Ramos is a danger and should remain behind bars.

Former Gov. Mike Rounds in his final term in 2010 commuted Ramos' sentence from life to 150 years, making Ramos eligible for parole. But after pleas from Martines' family, Rounds wrote the parole board saying he regretted the commutation.

The board denied Ramos parole during his first hearing in November. (AP-WF-07-14-14 1542GMT)

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