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CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A man convicted of beating to death the owner of popular North Kingstown furniture store back in 1982 has been denied parole for a sixth time.

James Hughes III is serving a life sentence for the murder of 79-year-old Howard "Zeke" Harris, who owned Zeke's Exchange, a discount store that catered to families stationed at the former Quonset Naval Air Station.

Harris was known to allow kids to hang around his store and write graffiti on its walls with chalk.

Hughes, one of the kids who frequented Zeke's, was convicted killing Harris with a hammer in September 1982 and stealing $70.

The state Parole Board on Monday unanimously rejected Hughes request, citing the heinous nature of his crime, the same reason it gave in denying Hughes parole in 2011.

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