CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – A former U.S. Navy sailor convicted of killing two teenagers in 1973 has been denied parole for the 20th time.
Richard Valenti, 74, was charged with kidnapping two girls, 13 and 14, at gunpoint, then forcing them under a house. He has spent more than 40 years in prison for their murders.
The victims’ families have fought for decades to keep him behind bars through petitions, speaking at hearings, on social media and on local media.
The Charleston County Solicitor’s Office on Wednesday confirmed the State Parole Board rejected Valenti’s parole bid by a unanimous vote.
Valenti will be up for parole in 2020.