During the past decade you may have added your name to a petition seeking to keep the killers of 16-year-old honor student Paula Bohovesky behind bars.
Paula and her family need your help again, right now.
We understand that Richard LaBarbera, one of those convicted in Paula’s brutal murder in October 1980, may be appearing before a parole board this coming week, about six months earlier than previously scheduled. We appeal to you, as a supporter of justice to write a simple personal letter indicating your strong opposition to the parole potential.
Since time is of the essence you need to fax this letter by Monday morning 12/8, if possible, to the State of New York Division of Parole at 518-445-6070, attention Betty, to let them know you want Richard LaBarbera NYSID#3268395H; DIN#81A2806 to be denied parole once again and serve out his maximum sentence of life in prison.
Please fax it this weekend, urging a new parole panel to do the same and keep Paula Bohovesky’s killer where he cannot harm society again. Lastly, we encourage you to reach out to anyone you know that would feel the same way, and of course please direct them to sign the online petition.
Also, visit our Facebook page and share the story with your friends.
On January 1, 2015, Paula Bohovesky would have been 51 years old, we can only imagine the woman she would have become.
What happened to her? The most tragic event. 34 years ago 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, 2011, and again in 2013, in part to the collective efforts of her family, 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