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February 16, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  David Matusiewicz, son of the man who killed two women in a Delaware courthouse this week, will remain in jail after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing in a parole-violation case on Friday. Matusiewicz, who kidnapped his three daughters in 2007 and took them to Central America for 19 months, had been scheduled for a child-support hearing Monday at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington. Before that hearing began, however, his ex-wife, Christine Belford, and her friend Laura Mulford were shot and killed in the courthouse lobby by Matusiewicz's father, Thomas Matusiewicz.
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February 16, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge is to decide Friday whether international kidnapper David Matusiewicz should be sent back to prison - but she could make that decision without even mentioning the shootout that left his ex-wife, her friend, and his father dead. Thomas Matusiewicz opened fire Monday in the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, killing Christine Belford and her friend Laura Mulford and injuring two Capitol Police officers before taking his own life, according to Delaware State Police.
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February 14, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
JUVENILE-JUSTICE reformers rejoiced last summer when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, calling them cruel-and-unusual punishment. Despairing anti-crime crusaders worried that the decision might mean that juveniles, quite literally, would then get away with murder. But Wednesday, a Philadelphia judge put those worries to rest. Common Pleas Judge Linda A. Carpenter ordered Radames Sanabria, of Philadelphia, who was 17 when he was charged in a 2010 slaying, to serve life in prison without parole.
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January 29, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rafael Robb must have been ready to get out of prison. After all, only a few weeks stood between him and the release date the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole had granted him six years into his five- to 10-year sentence for beating his wife to death with an exercise bar. That return to freedom was to come Monday. But frustration with the board's decision and a process that largely excluded the victim's family fueled a public campaign by relatives and elected officials to keep him behind bars.
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January 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gary Gregory stifled his tears once, then twice, as he talked about justice for his sister, Ellen Gregory Robb, who in 2006 was killed by her husband, Rafael Robb. The emotion came after the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole on Wednesday rescinded its decision to release Robb, 62, from prison. The reversal came after the board received letters from Ellen Robb's family, friends, domestic violence organizations, and the judge who presided over her husband's 2007 trial. They all suggested that the former University of Pennsylvania professor remained a threat and should be kept behind bars.
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January 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - The brothers of Ellen Robb met Tuesday with the chairman of the state Board of Probation and Parole to try to block the release of their sister's husband, who killed her in a rage in 2006. After the meeting with Michael Potteiger in the agency's Harrisburg office, Art and Gary Gregory said they were optimistic that the board would reverse its decision to parole Rafael Robb, a former University of Pennsylvania expert in economic game theory, from prison Monday. The meeting came after Ellen Robb's family, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, and state representatives from Montgomery County expressed surprise at learning that Rafael Robb was to be released.
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January 23, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole said Tuesday that it will consider new information in the case former University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb, who is scheduled to be paroled Monday after serving six years behind bars for beating his wife to death as she wrapped Christmas presents. The victim's brother, Gary Gregory, said that he did not want to discuss the information he gave to the board but that it is current information that the family believes shows Robb is a danger to society.
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January 23, 2013
A story Tuesday about the parole of Rafael Robb wrongly attributed a statement by his wife's brother, Gary Gregory. Commenting on Robb's parole, Gregory said: "From a family perspective, we cannot get over that this guy is going free after five years for what he did.. . . The family is devastated. People haven't slept in a month. " The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
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