Brother Of Murder Victim: PA Parole Board Did Right Thing - New York News

Brother Of Murder Victim: PA Parole Board Did Right Thing

Posted: Updated:
Gary Gregory responds to the news his sister's killer will stay in prison a little longer Wednesday. Gary Gregory responds to the news his sister's killer will stay in prison a little longer Wednesday.
Rafael Robb will remain imprisoned until at least September of 2014. Rafael Robb will remain imprisoned until at least September of 2014.
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

"We asked them to do the right thing, and they did the right thing."

That was Gary Gregory's reaction Wednesday, to the news that his sister's killer will stay in prison a little longer.

In November, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole ruled Rafael Robb could be set free January 28- six years into a 5-10 year sentence for the beating death of his wife- and Gregory's sister- Ellen.

But after receiving a letter of protest from trial Judge Paul Tressler and hearing testimony in Harrisburg from members of the Gregory family, the board reversed course- rescinding Robb's release and ordering he remain imprisoned until at least September of 2014.

"It's an exciting day," said an emotional Gregory, at a news conference with Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Montgomery County State Representative Mike Vereb- who advocated for the family.

"My message to Mr. Robb," said Vereb, "is that 'this is the captain speaking, and your flight to freedom has been cancelled."

On December 22, 2006, Ellen Robb's body was found in the Wayne home she shared with the Penn economics professor.

She was lying in a massive pool of blood- the multiple blows to her face so severe, it first appeared she'd been shot.

In fact, Ellen Robb had been bludgeoned to death.

Her husband ultimately pled guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter, with sentencing guidelines suggesting 5-to-10 years in prison.

FOX 29's Bruce Gordon asked Gregory why he was willing to re-open old wounds for a fight that only guarantees an extra 20 months behind bars for Robb.

"It's just the right thing to do," Gregory replied. "We had to fight for her, so we did."

The Gregory family's fight isn't over.

Ellen was planning to divorce her husband when he killed her, and the family has set up a foundation- everygreatreason.org- to support victims of domestic abuse.

And they say they will be there in September of next year, to oppose Rafael Robb's next parole request.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Record stores survive and thrive in Brooklyn

    Record stores survive and thrive in Brooklyn

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:59:51 GMT
    When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me. It's like another language."Cory manages Greenpoint's Academy Records Annex, where they want you ...
    When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me. It's like another language."Cory manages Greenpoint's Academy Records Annex, where they want you ...
  • Queens Beer Week kicks off

    Queens Beer Week kicks off

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:19:20 GMT
    Queens wants to be known as New York City's beer capital. Queens Beer Week kicked off on Friday to celebrate the borough's crafty breweries and the more than 60 venues that serve their beer. Dan Bronson of Crescent and Vine in Astoria is the bearded brains behind the inaugural Queens Beer Week. He organized it all. The nine-day celebration of beers brewed in Queens.
    Queens wants to be known as New York City's beer capital. Queens Beer Week kicked off on Friday to celebrate the borough's crafty breweries and the more than 60 venues that serve their beer. Dan Bronson of Crescent and Vine in Astoria is the bearded brains behind the inaugural Queens Beer Week. He organized it all. The nine-day celebration of beers brewed in Queens.
  • Woman wanted for baby snatch attempt in custody

    Woman wanted for baby snatch attempt in custody

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:57:17 GMT
    Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
    Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices