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Batesville family upset about prisoner's furlough

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A man convicted in the second-degree murder of two men in 2013 received a four-day furlough by the state, which left the family members of the men murdered angry, a Little Rock television station reported Thursday. 

According to KLRT-TV in Little Rock, Akeem Lewis was given the furlough last week. Lewis was found guilty in the murders of John Weeams and Omar Scales.

Weeams' sister, Dana McCoy, said the granting of the furlough was wrong. 

"You're supposed to be a good inmate, you're supposed to what you're supposed to do, but that doesn't give you the right to come home," McCoy told KLRT. "We don't see our family anymore, you shouldn't see your family."

Lewis was supposed to report back to prison Thursday morning.

According to the state's furlough guidelines, inmates facing second-degree murder charges can get certain days out of prison every six months if they keep their good behavior status, KLRT reported.

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