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Prison 'Kissinger' asks term cut


A FORMER STREET-GANG MEMBER in prison on a 1970 murder conviction was described before the Illinois parole and Pardon Board as "the Henry Kissinger of Stateville."

Bobby Gore, 40, of Chicago, was praised for his statesmanship in heading off instances of prison violence in a letter from Cornell Univesity law professor James B. Jacobs, who conducted research at the prison in 1972. Jacobs said inmates described Gore, who is serving a 25- 40-year sentence for the slaying of a man in a fight outside an Ogden Av. tavern, as the prison's "Kissinger."

The board met in Chicago to consider a reduction in Gores's sentence. Support for such a reduction also came from former Fillmore district Police Comdr. George T. Sims, Jr., who said Gore "aided me through his influence with the youth to keep the peace on numerous occasions."

The only opposition came in a letter from former State's Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan, who asked the petititon be denied to deter others from crime.

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