Vereb Issues Open Letter to PA Board of Probation and Parole
HARRISBURG – Fighting to protect the community and ensure justice to all victims of domestic abuse across the Commonwealth, Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) today sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for its decision to release convicted killer Rafael Robb of Montgomery County on Jan. 28.
“There is no reason this professional manipulator and convicted wife and mother killer should serve one day less than the maximum sentence handed down,” Vereb wrote in the letter. “There is a reason Pennsylvania offers legislation with minimum and maximum sentencing. If this wife and mother killer is not the epitome of a max sentence, then who is?”
Robb, in 2007, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection to the death of his child’s mother, following a plea deal negotiated between his attorney and county prosecutors, led by former District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr.
In 2008, Robb was ultimately sentenced to the maximum penalty under the guidelines — five to 10 years in prison.
“I understand that Mr. Robb participated in some ‘want to be good guy’ programs, but no program or good behavior can erase the gruesome details surrounding his case and emotional horror this has been brought to the victim’s friends and family,” said Vereb. “I believe by granting parole to Mr. Robb after having served only half of his sentence sends the wrong message to victims of crime across Pennsylvania, and his maximum sentence of 10 years should be seriously reconsidered.”
Vereb went on to write that the actions of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in the past have caused a mood of uncertainty by the law enforcement community and now by domestic violence victims in our Commonwealth.
To read Vereb’s full letter to the board, visit his website at www.RepVereb.com
and follow the “Open Letter to Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole” link on the left side of the page.
Representative Mike Vereb
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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