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Man paroled early on murder for hire sentence
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Man paroled early on murder for hire sentence

A 68-year-old man who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder-for-hire shooting death of his mother in Clarkston more than 36 years ago has been released from a Washington State prison.


Jeffrey Boston was paroled on Monday after serving 20 years of a minimum 30 year sentence for 1st-degree murder of 60-year-old Myrtle Boston. According to the Washington Department of Corrections, the parole was part of an Interstate Compact with the State of Florida.

Boston was arrested in July of 1992 after 14 years on the run. He fled the area while awaiting trial for the July 4, 1977 murder. After he was featured on the television program "America's Most Wanted," police in Pensacola, Florida acted on a tip from a viewer and arrested him.

Boston, who was 32 at the time his mother's death, had contracted with several others for the amount of $5,000 as part of a plot to inherit her estate. Several other people were convicted for taking part in the murder, including Peggy Miller.


Miller shot Myrtle Boston in Boston's Clarkston home while accomplices shot off fireworks nearby to cover up the sound. Miller, who is now 60-years-old, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for 1st-degree murder and received work-release in May of 1995. She was then released to Thurston County in January of 1996, but officials say she came under DOC supervision again between 2008 and 2009 for drug possession.

Boston had served out the remainder of his sentence at the Airway Heights Corrections Center. According to the Washington DOC, Boston earned an early release date due to good behavior, which allowed him to receive one-third off of his sentence. According to records, he is under the Florida Department of Correction's Pensacola Circuit Office, which covers the four northwest counties of Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton.

"Probation officers refer offenders to various community resources to assist them in obtaining employment, substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, as well as other positive, self improvement programs to assist the offender," according to the office's website.

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