ALBANY, New York -- One of three men convicted of killing Malcolm X 45 years ago has been granted release from weekends in prison in his 17th appearance before a state parole board.

The State Division of Parole says 69-year-old Thomas Hagan appeared before a parole panel March 3 and was granted release effective April 28.

Until then, he'll remain at the Lincoln Correctional Facility in New York City, where he has been locked up two days a week for 22 years. The other five days, he's been allowed to work and live with his family.

Hagan was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in April 1966 for shooting the civil rights leader at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan. Two other convicted gunmen were previously paroled.