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Judge ends appeal of last surviving Jock Yablonski killer

| Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

A federal judge on Friday tossed out an appeal of the last living man convicted of gunning down United Mine Workers reformer Joseph "Jock" Yablonski, his wife and daughter in their Washington County home.

Paul Gilly, 78, is serving three life terms for his convictions of being a triggerman in the 1969 deaths. Gilly, who was convicted in 1972, filed a federal appeal of his case in September. The state Supreme Court last month denied a request from Gilly to be released.

U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti wrote that there is nothing to support Gilly's claim that he had a plea deal in place when he agreed to cooperate with the prosecution and appear as a commonwealth witness in the trial of UMW President W.A. "Tony" Boyle, who eventually was sentenced to three life terms for the Yablonski family deaths.

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