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BOISE -- The head of Idaho's Department of Correction is taking a leave of absence as his grandson faces a murder charge in southern Idaho.

Brent Reinke has led the department since 2007. Department spokesman Jeff Ray said in a prepared statement that Reinke is taking two weeks' leave, effective immediately, to address his grandson's criminal prosecution.

Twenty-three-year-old Bradly Frank James is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting and stabbing death of 58-year-old Larry R. Miller in Filer. Prosecutors say Miller was shot in the face and stabbed 25 times.

James' attorney has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Board of Correction Chairwoman Robin Sandy said the board respects Reinke's wish to support his family as they deal with a tragic and personal matter.

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