Newspaper Ads Help Keep Killer Behind Bars

By: (AP) The state's parole board granted a mother's wish, as expressed in newspaper advertisements, voting Wednesday to keep her son's killer behind bars.

Denise Wilson placed ads earlier this month in local newspapers, asking people to urge the Nebraska Board of Parole not to release Antonio A. Laravie.

Laravie was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1973 death of Wilson's son Chad, who was then 2 years old.

About 150 people wrote the panel to oppose Laravie's release, which was what Wilson wanted when she took out full-page ads in the Crofton Journal and her hometown paper, the Niobrara Tribune.

"I promised my little boy over his grave, that I would do everything I can to keep this man from having a life," Wilson said.

At the time of Chad's murder, Laravie was a teenager from South Dakota. Chad was stabbed while he slept in his bed, and Wilson said the killing was random. The family had never seen Laravie before the night of Aug. 18, 1973, she has said.


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