A former U.S. Navy sailor, convicted of killing two teenagers, is up for parole once again, and the family members of his victims is fighting it, once again as well.
75-year-old Richard Raymond Valenti is up for parole again because of a law in effect when he was sentenced to two life terms in 1974.
According to the Solicitors’ office, Valenti is set to have a parole hearing Wednesday, October 10th in Columbia.
Valenti was charged with kidnapped two girls, 13 and 14, at gunpoint, then forcing them under a house. He told police he hung them on overhead water pipes. He was charged with killing another teen and attacking five others, but didn’t go to trial on those charges.
The victims’ families have fought for decades to keep him behind bars through petitions, speaking at hearings, on social media and on local media. But some are worried the parole board will consider releasing the aging felon.
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