to connectVideoTHE MURDER OF PAULA BOHOVESKY
Fox News’ Investigative Unit, reports of the brutal 1980 murder of 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky
A New York state parole board on Monday denied parole to one of the two killers convicted in the brutal 1980 killing of a 16-year-old girl weeks after that, the same parole board decided to release her killer.
The decision to deny parole to Robert McCain, a week after 1,500 people have walked through the streets of the city, Pearl River, new york, new york, to protest against the impending release of McCain’s right hand man, Richard LaBarbera.
The two men were convicted of the brutal murder of Paula Bohovesky, an honor student and aspiring actress, who was beaten, gang-raped, strangled, and stabbed to death as she walked home from the Pearl River library on October 28, 1980.
Her mother, Lois Bohovesky, told Fox News that she was shocked after being notified Monday morning of the decision to refuse McCain’s parole.
“We’re in a bit of a mystery,” Bohovesky said. “We expect him to get it out.”
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Bohovesky, said she expects McCain to be granted the parole, because LaBarbera is scheduled to be released in mid-July.
“I just wanted to LaBarbera, it was not to be granted a release. He’s not safe on the streets,” she said.
A jury convicted LaBarbera, 66, and McCain, 58, of second-degree murder in 1981, and the two men were convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, the harshest punishment at the time.
Both of them have been eligible for parole since 2005 but none of the killers has ever expressed remorse or accepted responsibility for Paula’s murder, according to the statements of the previous parole hearings.
“McCain has always been very combative in his interviews,” Lois Bohovesky, told Fox News. “He is an evil man. He always felt as if he were the victim. He continues to deny that he’s got something to do with it.”
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McCain, a drifter from Arkansas, who will be allowed on the right side of the Bohovesky’s skull with a 5-pound piece of concrete, and punch the girl repeatedly before raping her, according to the 1980 police statements obtained by Fox News. LaBarbera, who was out on parole at the time for a drug conviction over a sexual Bohovesky, believing that she was dead. When the child stirred, LaBarbera stabbed her five times in the back with a hunting knife, according to authorities.
For the week, the close-knit community of Pearl River, has called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pressure the parole board to reconsider its decision to order the release of LaBarbera. Cuomo’s predecessor, Gov.. George Pataki, has called for Cuomo to take action.
“While you were in the [McCain] has signed statements admitting responsibility for your trial, you will continue to be during parole interviews, have to keep up your innocence, by keeping track of your comments were made,” the release on parole, said in a written ruling, obtained by Fox News.
“The recent heavy community opposition, the official opposition, to give your release at this time would not be compatible with the well-being of the society,” the board of directors shall be used. “In addition, your release would trivialize the tragic loss of a teenager’s life, and in the year of the loss for the family and the community, and it is, therefore, invalidate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.”
Fox News’ Investigative Unit, formed in the case for weeks, and the review of 500 pages of records, and with the air of an exclusive on-camera interviews with Bohovesky of the mother, and one of the lead detectives in the case.
Cuomo has not yet responded on the matter despite its repeated requests for comment.
Under New York State law, Cuomo did not have the jurisdiction to set aside a parole board’s decision, however, he may ask the board to make its decision on the reconsideration. Lawsuits can also be filed in order to take action.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day said in a statement on Monday that it was clear that the community’s outcry has had an effect on the parole board’s decision.
“We are asking everyone to continue to push for the reversal of the illegal decision of the Parole Board for the release of Richard LaBarbera,” good Day, and said: “justice needs to be restored.