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KILLER WHO LIED ABOUT VALOR IS JAILED

A convicted killer who was set free in part because of his claims of valor in Vietnam was taken into custody Wednesday after officials learned he held only a desk job and was far from the fighting.

Joseph Yandle surrendered at his Rutland, Vt., apartment and was taken to a Massachusetts prison.

Yandle, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Joseph Reppucci, the manager of the Mystic Bottled Liquors store in Medford, during a robbery on June 20, 1972. Yandle drove the getaway car after his partner robbed the store and shot Reppucci.

After 23 years in prison, Yandle won his freedom from then-Gov. William F. Weld after telling the nation -- on the CBS news program "60 Minutes" and through other news outlets -- that his crime was fueled by a heroin addiction he used to numb the nightmares brought on by his tour of duty in Vietnam.

Yandle recently admitted that although he is a veteran, he served only as a Marine clerk in Okinawa, Japan, and never fought in Vietnam.

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