1973 Folly Beach murderer denied parole for the 19th time


FOLLY BEACH, S.C (WCBD)- During a hearing Wednesday, Richard Valenti was denied parole. This was the 19th time he has attempted to get out of prison, but his victims’s family has not given up the fight to keep the 73 year old behind bars. Valenti is known as the Folly Beach killer.

In 1973 Valenti lured 14-year-old Sherri Clark and her 13-year-old friend Alexis Latimer off the beach at gunpoint before killing them. After the killing, Valenti told police that he believed the devil was inside him and he was told to kill the teen age girls. After killing both girls he buried them on Folly Beach.

Currently Valenti is only serving two life sentences. However, during his time behind bards he admitted to killing a third girl. Valenti was charged for the murder, but never convicted because it never went to trial.

The parole hearing was held in Columbia.

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