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Convict Freed After 15 Months For Professor’s Crime

January 1, 1985

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A Connecticut teen-ager has been freed into his mother’s custody after serving 15 months of a four-year sentence, but two other youths remain behind bars for the 1982 slaying of a popular University of Florida professor.

Shane Kennedy, 17, was taken to Tampa International Airport on Monday for a flight to Bridgeport, Conn., after his release from Hillsborough Correctional Institution. Florida officials said he could spend his two-year probation at his mother’s home.

Kennedy was serving time for burglary, robbery and grand theft for breaking into the Gainesville home of Howard Appledorf, a nutrition expert who claimed many fast-food restaurant items were healthful.

Gary Bown, now 21, and Paul Everson, now 20, drew life sentences after their guilty pleas in the murder. Bown is at Florida State Prison in Starke, while Everson is serving his term at Polk Correctional Institution in Polk City.

The three broke into Appledorf’s condominium while the professor was away on a business trip, officials have said.When Appledorf returned, he was tied up and slowly suffocated with a bag of ice. Wine glasses and plates holding partly eaten food were found near Appledorf’s body and the words ″murder″ and ″redrum″ - murder spelled backward - were scrawled on the walls.

After staying in the condominium for three days, the teen-agers fled in Appledorf’s car to New York City.

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