A Houston County man serving a life sentence for murder will remain behind bars for at least two more years.
Robert Earl Stringer's request for parole was denied Monday.
Stringer was found guilty of the 1973 shooting death of Carl Dudley.
The Hodgesville store-owner was gunned down in front of witnesses after he refused to give stringer money for gas because stringer was drunk.
Stringer was 24 at the time of the killing.
He won't be eligible for parole again until October of 2009.
Attorney General Troy King protested Stringer's early release before the state parole board in Montgomery.