an imageThe 2017 Parole Hearings have been set. 


Paula Bohovesky’s convicted killers will soon come before parole officials seeking to be released from prison. It’s time now to mobilize to keep that from happening.  Paula, a 16-year-old honor student, was snatched off a street just blocks from her home in Pearl River in October 1980. She was brutally beaten, stabbed and left alone to die in a pool of her blood with her clothes in disarray. In days, two men, Richard LaBarbera and Robert McCain were arrested and charged in her death, which the medical examiner at the time called the most brutal he had ever seen. They were tried and convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. They became eligible for parole in 2005 and had been denied their freedom every two years since then.  The two have never accepted responsibility for their crime, instead pointing at each other as solely to blame while their stories change from hearing to hearing.

Paula Bohovesky’s mother Lois still lives in Pearl River and with each passing year and each parole opportunity fears that one or both of her daughter’s killers will go free. She fears they might return to the community and that she could one day come face-to- face with them on the street or in a store. Worse, she fears they could kill again, and in doing so, render the penalty for Paula’s murder meaningless. Here’s how you can help,: click here to sign our petition online, it is also available at several Pearl River retail businesses.

There is one more thing ~ if you care enough to help by signing, maybe you will be interested in making a modest donation to help pay for our website, mailings and legal needs.  This effort is funded solely by donations, and we are running low, so if you want to help, please click here to visit our donation page.

Thank you for caring.

Other recent items: 
  • Bob Baird has written a letter of remembrance, click here to read it
  •  Also, visit our Facebook page and share the story with your friends. 

Paula's story....

On January 1, 2016, Paula Bohovesky would have been 52 years old, we can only imagine the woman she would have become; an artist, a wife, a mother......

What happened to her? The most tragic event.  36 years ago on the night of October 28, 1980, Richard LaBarbera and Robert McCain savagely attacked 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 crimes cannot be trusted not to kill again. We believe that Richard LaBarbera and Robert McCain should NOT ever 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 

Donate to the Cause

Donations will help defray the cost of the organization's long term efforts to keep this website and the Foundation geared to gather petitions and keep them in prison for the rest of their lives.

(Due to the singular purpose of this non-profit organization, your donation is not tax-deductible.)

Concert for Paula

"The Concert for Paula Bohovesky: A Celebration of Life" was held on Saturday May 5th from 7:00-8:30 PM at the PRHS Auditorium.  The concert was simply wonderful.  Please visit the Events Page to see 2 short videos of the night. 

Commemorative T-Shirt

Help support the cause by purchasing a commemorative T-shirt, featuring one of Paula's own Batik paintings she called the "Red Angel".

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