ST. PAUL (AP) - A Minnesota man imprisoned for strangling his wife and dismembering her body 36 years ago has been granted parole.

Carol Hoffman's family has been fighting to keep David Hoffman behind bars. About two dozen family members attended Hoffman's parole hearing Tuesday hoping to hear that he would not be freed.

David Hoffman was convicted of killing his wife and tossing her dismembered remains into Weaver Lake in Maple Grove in 1980. Hoffman will remain in Moose Lake Correctional Facility for six months, then be moved to Lino Lakes for a year and a-half.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections says two years from now, Hoffman will be released, but with intense supervision.