Convicted murderer serving 2 life terms asks Virginia governor to return him to Germany

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RICHMOND, Virginia — A German diplomat's son convicted of murder is asking Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to let him serve his sentence in his home country.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Friday that McAuliffe's office is reviewing a request from Jens Soering, who is serving two life terms for the 1985 slayings of his ex-girlfriend's parents in Bedford County.

Days before leaving office in January 2010, then-Gov. Tim Kaine asked the Justice Department to transfer Soering to a German prison. Kaine secretly agreed to a plan that would have kept Soering behind bars in Germany for at least two years. But Kaine's successor, Gov. Bob McDonnell, revoked that request soon after taking office.

Coy declined to say when McAuliffe would make a decision on Soering's request, first reported by The New Yorker magazine.

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