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February 13, 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 anticrime 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 Court Judge Linda A. Carpenter ordered Radames Sanabria of Philadelphia, who was 17 when he was charged in a 2010 slaying, to life 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 The emotion came after the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole on Wednesday rescinded its decision to release Robb, 62, from prison.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 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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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January 23, 2013 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six years after Ellen Gregory Robb was beaten to death by her husband, a dozen of her Upper Merion friends gathered to remember her Monday at a gazebo they had built in her honor. What brought them together on a gray, 30-degree morning was that Robb's husband, Rafael, is scheduled to be paroled Monday, four years short of his maximum 10-year sentence for manslaughter. The friends joined Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, members of Ellen Robb's family, and several state legislators in calling on the Board of Probation and Parole to reverse its decision to free Robb, a renowned University of Pennsylvania economist, then 56, who repeatedly attacked his wife with a metal rod Dec. 22, 2006, as she wrapped Christmas presents in their kitchen.
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January 22, 2013 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Six years after Ellen Gregory Robb was beaten to death by her husband, a dozen of her Upper Merion friends gathered to remember her Monday at a gazebo they had built in her honor. What brought them together on a gray, 30-degree morning was that Robb's husband, Rafael, is scheduled to be paroled Monday, four years short of his maximum 10-year sentence for manslaughter. The friends joined Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, members of Ellen Robb's family, and several state legislators in calling on the Board of Probation and Parole to reverse its decision to free Robb, a renowned University of Pennsylvania economist, then 56, who repeatedly attacked his wife with a metal rod Dec. 22, 2006, as she wrapped Christmas presents in their kitchen.
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