DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who was the sole suspect in a string of break-ins in which someone snipped off the nightclothes of women as they slept has been granted parole.

Officials say 36-year-old Jeffery Gelinas was granted parole Thursday and will be released in April.

Gelinas made national news when Durham police named him as the only suspect in the so-called “Jack the Snipper” cases in 2003 and 2004. On at least eight occasions, someone walked into off-campus apartments of University of New Hampshire students and snipped off their clothes as they slept.

Gelinas was arrested in 2004 and subsequently sentenced after pleading guilty to a single charge of attempted burglary. He was not charged in the eight burglaries, but police said he was the sole suspect.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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