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A former Marine convicted of murdering another soldier in 1980 could be released after the state Board of Parole Hearings determined Tuesday that he is suitable for parole.

Roy Garcia, 54, then 21, stabbed 22-year-old Eugene Brunelle in the heart following an argument at a San Clemente liquor store on August 2, 1980. He was convicted in 1981 of second-degree murder.

The Orange county District Attorney’s office opposed the parole application, saying in a news release that Garcia “is still entirely devoid of any insight into why he murdered a fellow Marine.”

The decision of the board now will go before Gov. Jerry Brown for approval or denial. Garcia was found suitable for parole in 2010 but the decision was reversed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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