A man who bragged about prison conditions in Utah and then was returned to Arkansas to serve the remainder of a sentence for murder never got to make a pitch to the state Board of Parole and Community Rehabilitation.

Arthur G. Littell botched his chance when prison officials found he had a radio that was stolen from another inmate.Early this month, family and friends of Kenny Kisner of Sherwood pleaded with the Parole Board against the release of Littell. Littell, 28, was 15 when he shot Kisner, 22, five times in the back of the head and left his body in a wooded area in Cabot, in 1978. The following year, Littell was sentenced to 50 years in prison for first-degree murder under the state's youthful offenders act.

Littell was to appear before the Parole Board on Monday, but he was disciplined Sept. 6 for allegedly taking another inmate's radio.