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ELKO — Former Elko Police captain Aaron Hughes was granted parole 48 months after being convicted of incest and sentenced to life in prison.

According to the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, Hughes was granted parole Jan. 11. His earliest date of release from Lovelock Correctional Center is April 1.

Hughes was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 with eligibility for parole after two years and was denied parole in 2015.

“The Elko Police Department opposed an early release date and put comments in writing for various reasons,” said Police Chief Ben Reed on Monday.

“We have no outstanding issues,” he added. “We will be as mutual and professional as possible now that the parole commissioners have made their decision.”

Reed also wrote a letter asking the parole board not to release Hughes at his first parole hearing.

Hughes was charged with incest stemming from a 2008 investigation in which a video was discovered of him and a 17-year-old female relative engaging in sexual acts.

In a plea bargain with the Elko District Attorney’s office, Hughes admitted to the charge in exchange for dropping an additional count of child pornography.

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Earlier in 2008, Hughes was accused of stealing an ATV and tools from a shuttered Jerritt Canyon mine. He resigned as police captain three weeks after his arrest in that matter.

Charges of incest and child pornography were added three months after the ATV incident.

Further documents on the parole hearing will be released to the public Feb. 14 by the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners.

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