COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ A man who arranged the death row slaying of his parents' killer has been granted parole after serving less than three years of an eight-year prison sentence.

''I feel great. I feel like 100 pounds has been lifted off my back,'' Tony Cimo, of Murrells Inlet, said Wednesday, adding that he is looking forward to getting back to his wife and family.

Cimo pleaded guilty in 1983 to conspiring with mass murderer Donald ''Pee Wee'' Gaskins to kill Rudolph Tyner, convicted of shooting Cimo's parents during a 1978 robbery at their Murrells Inlet store.

In September 1982, Gaskins set off a radio-controlled bomb that killed Tyner, who was on death row in Columbia. Gaskins was given the death penalty for his part in the slaying.

Cimo had served about two years and nine months of his eight-year term. He spent only six months in prison before being released to a halfway house in Conway, where he has taken part in a work-release program.

Richland County Sheriff Frank Powell said Wednesday that the parole board used ''wisdom'' in making its decision. A prisoner is eligible for parole in South Carolina after he has served one-fourth of his sentence.

Cimo was first eligible for parole last year, but the parole board turned him down 3-2. Board spokeswoman Judy Turnipseed said Cimo received the required four affirmative votes Wednesday. His release should come next week.