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December 3, 2012
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In this Nov. 17, 2012, photo, Sarah Jane Coffman practices the viola with the Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility Orchestra in Eagle River, Alaska. After serving a 14-year sentence for murder, Sarah Jane Coffman, a founding member of the women’s string orchestra at the prison in 2003, will debut as a citizen member when the two annual holiday concerts are held Dec. 8, 2012.

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In this Nov. 17, 2012, photo, Sarah Jane Coffman practices the viola with the Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility Orchestra in Eagle River, Alaska. After serving a 14-year sentence for murder, Sarah Jane Coffman, a founding member of the women’s string orchestra at the prison in 2003, will debut as a citizen member when the two annual holiday concerts are held Dec. 8, 2012.

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In this Nov. 17, 2012, photo, Pati Crofut practices the cello with the Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility Orchestra in Eagle River, Alaska. Crofut, director of the Anchorage-based Arts on the Edge, founded the orchestra in 2003.

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In this Nov. 17, 2012, photo, Dana Hilbish practices the cello with the Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility Orchestra in Eagle River, Alaska. Founding member, cellist Dana Hilbish, was convicted for the 1991 murder of her common law husband in Ketchikan. She received a 60-year sentence, with 25 suspended. This Saturday will will be her last performance. Hilbish has been granted parole early next year.

Mark Thiessen photo

In this Nov. 17, 2012, photo, Sarah Jane Coffman practices the viola with the Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility Orchestra in Eagle River, Alaska. After serving a 14-year sentence for murder, Sarah Jane Coffman, a founding member of the women’s string orchestra at the prison in 2003, will debut as a citizen member when the two annual holiday concerts are held Dec. 8, 2012.

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In this Nov. 17, 2012, photo, conductor Gabrielle Whitfield practices the violin with the Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility Orchestra in Eagle River, Alaska. After serving a 14-year sentence for murder, Sarah Jane Coffman, a founding member of the women’s string orchestra at the prison in 2003, will debut as a citizen member when the two annual holiday concerts are held Dec. 8, 2012.