On January 1, 2013, Paula Bohovesky would have celebrated her 49th birthday. We can only imagine the woman she would have become.
What happened to her? The most tragic event. On the night of October 28, 1980, Richard LaBarbera and Robert McCain savagely attacked, sexually assaulted, and brutally murdered Paula.
She died never having seen her 17th birthday.
Both "men" were tried and convicted for the murder of Paula Bohovesky and received the maximum sentence of 25 years to life. Unfortunately the 25 year term has passed and they are each eligible for parole hearings every two years. This non-profit corporation was formed in 2008 to assist Paula's family in the grinding process of gathering petition signatures to ensure these two don't ever get the chance to impose their warped will on the public. They were denied parole in 2005, 2007, 2009, and again in 2011, in part to the collective efforts of the famiy, the Corporation, and of course the petition signers that help keep her memory alive.
We believe that those who commit violent sex crimes cannot be trusted not to kill again. We do not believe that Richard LaBarbera and Robert McCain should be granted parole and we plead with you to help deny it to them. Society has a responsibility to protect the innocent. We cannot afford to lose another Paula.
This website exists for the sole purpose of keeping her memory alive, and we intend to do everything possible and necessary to see that these two monsters do not see the light of freedom, ever. Their crime was not just against Paula, it was against the community we live in and all that is precious about it. We hope this site will help ensure that the opposition to the paroling of Paula's murderers goes on for as long as they live.
Thanks for helping and if you have any questions, please contact us, and please donate to the cause at the link above right.
Read some of the letters sent to the Judge and the Parole Board on behalf of the effort:
Almost half of the people who commit sexually violent offenses are returned to prison for committing a new crime."
NYS Department of Correctional Services, former NYS Senator Joseph L. Bruno