Man sentenced to life for New Hanover Co. murder to be released from prison

Man sentenced to life for New Hanover Co. murder to be released from prison
Elroy Mitchell

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A man who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder in New Hanover County has been granted parole.

Elroy Mitchell, 52, will be released from prison on Feb. 28, 2022, the N.C. Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission announced on Wednesday.

Mitchell was convicted of murder on March 14, 1994, in the death his great-aunt Alberta Futch.

Futch, 81, was found dead in her home in August 1992. The medical examiner in the case determined that the she had been strangled to death.

The state’s current sentencing law eliminates parole for crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 1994. However, the commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous guidelines.

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