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October 25, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Deptford man who as a 14-year-old fatally stabbed his neighbor 95 times lost his fourth appeal Wednesday when a state appeals court upheld his conviction and life sentence. Kenneth Houseknecht was tried as an adult for killing Kim Anderson after breaking into the 12-year-old girl's home on April 19, 1988, and stealing $50 to pay for pornographic magazines. In 1991, he was sentenced to a life term, with eligibility for parole after serving 30 years. In 2010, Gloucester County Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson denied one of Houseknecht's appeals, which alleged that he had ineffective counsel and that the sentence was cruel for a juvenile, in violation of the Eighth Amendment.
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October 19, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man sought on a pair of warrants was shot by U.S. marshals Thursday in the parking lot of a restaurant along the Delaware River, authorities said. Eugene Dykes Jr. was wanted in connection with a stabbing in South Philadelphia and a violation of his parole on an aggravated-assault conviction, said Tom Smith, assistant chief of the U.S. Marshals Service in Philadelphia. Marshals and state parole officers on a fugitive task force had received a tip that Dykes would drop off his girlfriend for work at the Chart House restaurant on Columbus Boulevard, Smith said.
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September 21, 2013
Armed, vulnerable The tragic shooting in Washington presents a response to National Rifle Association officials who contend that the solution to school shootings is to arm the teachers and staff. The Navy Yard had armed guards at every entrance but the shooter still managed to kill 12 innocent people and wound 14. Marie L. Rice, Cape May Point Limits will work The next time you hear a politician say that new laws won't do any good, just enforce the ones on the books, remind them of what happened in Australia ("Rampage in D.C.," Sept.
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September 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
MERCER, Pa. - When he finally stopped swinging a metal bar at her, Rafael Robb said, he glanced down at his wife crumpled on the kitchen floor. Her battered face was unrecognizable. "Like one of those horror movies," he said. "Like Frankenstein - except it was in my house. " Robb was a University of Pennsylvania economics professor when he bludgeoned his 49-year-old wife, Ellen Gregory Robb, in their Upper Merion home seven years ago. The killing shocked the region.
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July 27, 2013 | By Sandra Chereb, Associated Press
CARSON CITY, Nev. - O.J. Simpson went before a parole board and pleaded for leniency on his armed robbery and kidnapping sentence Thursday as he expressed regret for his actions and described being an upstanding inmate who earns pennies an hour keeping gym equipment sanitized and umpiring and coaching games in the prison yard. Simpson also said he has become a counselor of sorts to fellow inmates doing time for similar crimes and noted that he has made amends with his victims in a botched heist of memorabilia in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2007.
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July 2, 2013 | By Dennis M. O'Brien
The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole presents a threat to public safety, especially in Philadelphia. The city has 10,490 offenders under the supervision of 136 parole agents. Some of these offenders have extensive violent criminal histories. Some have been less than model inmates. Some have served long state sentences. And some merit strong supervision for successful reentry into our neighborhoods. The board's main responsibility is to supervise offenders after their release from prison.
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June 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Corbett signed legislation Tuesday that will let crime victims and their families speak directly to members of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole before a decision is made on whether to release a prisoner. "Long overdue," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. "It's amazing to me this isn't something that was done years ago. " The new law, effective Sept. 1, changes the Pennsylvania Crime Victims Act to clarify that victims or their representatives are entitled to meet with state parole board members during the review of a parole application.
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May 11, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The series so far: The inmates have graduated from the three-month New Leash course. They have completed life-skills training and taught their dogs how to behave well enough to become obedient pets in new adoptive homes. Most of the men are getting ready to start paid internships at area animal shelters. Last of six parts. Three days after he turned 22, Jamal Thompson left prison a relatively free man. A former drug dealer whose years in juvenile detention had been a reprieve from his jagged life at home, Thompson had taken to New Leash on Life with hungry enthusiasm.
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April 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Determinate vs. indeterminate sentencing isn't a topic that comes up in everyday conversation - until a convict's jail term or release boils over into a public controversy. That's what happened in January, when former University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb's near-parole after he served a minimum amount of his five-to-10-year prison term for killing his wife, Ellen Gregory Robb, unleashed strong criticism. The state's sentencing system was discussed in a calmer fashion Thursday during a Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on possible changes.
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