NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The man sentenced to 198 years in prison for the 1973 killing of country comic David ``Stringbean'' Akeman and his wife, Estelle, asked on Wednesday to be paroled.

The Tennessean reports John A. Brown told the Tennessee Board of Parole that he is a changed man after spending 40 years in prison.

The Board of Parole denied his last request in 2011.

The Akemans were fatally shot as they returned to their home in Ridgetop following a performance of the Grand Ole Opry. Stringbean also performed on the TV program ``Hee Haw.''

Country music entertainer Louis ``Grandpa'' Jones found the bodies the morning after the Akemans were killed.

The board could make a decision in one to two weeks.