Releasing Bernie

Here’s a story that’s stranger than fiction… Bernie Tiede, a murderer played by Jack Black a few years ago in the Richard Linklater film Bernie, has been released from prison. In 1996, Tiede confessed to shooting a reclusive widow named Marjorie Nugent in the small East Texas town of Carthage. Linklater turned the story into a movie released in 2011. Now, Tiede has been released, under a few conditions, including a stipulation that he’ll live in Linklater’s garage apartment in Austin. How did this happen?