Court: 30 Years' Solitary OK For Convicted Killer

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An appeals court has denied a request by a prisoner convicted of killing three people behind bars to be released from solitary confinement, where he has been held the past 30 years.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied 62-year-old Thomas Silverstein's request to leave solitary confinement at the federal Supermax prison in Colorado.

Silverstein entered prison in 1978 on a bank robbery conviction. He later was convicted of killing two inmates and a corrections officer at other prisons before he was sent to solitary.

The judges ruled that U.S. prison officials haven't violated Silverstein's rights. They said releasing Silverstein, a leader of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, from solitary would create a substantial risk to himself, officers and other inmates.