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Freed mortician ordered to live with filmmaker

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CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) - A former mortician sentenced to life for killing a rich East Texas widow will be released from prison early under an agreement with the district attorney who prosecuted him.

A judge set a $10,000 bond for Bernie Tiede after recommending that his prison term be reduced. He's to be freed later Tuesday. Tiede, now 55, was convicted in 1999 for the shooting death of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent in Carthage about 150 miles east of Dallas. The case inspired the 2012 movie "Bernie."

Tiede must live with Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater, who made the dark comedy, as part of his release conditions.

The district attorney agreed with Tiede's attorney that he deserved leniency. Newly uncovered evidence showed Tiede was assaulted as a child and had an abusive relationship with Nugent.

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