Family continues to fight murderer's parole

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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2012 11:45 pm | Updated: 8:46 am, Mon Sep 17, 2012.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A murder case has been closed, the house where it occurred has been razed and a murderer has been sentenced. Yet a shadow continuously seems to be cast on a Kansas City family.

Since 1985, members of the Merrigan family have forced themselves to attend every parole hearing for Benedict “Benny” Kemper, a man who killed four members of their family 40 years ago in Conception, Mo.

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3 comments:

  • ranman656 posted at 8:40 am on Sun, Sep 16, 2012.

    ranman656 Posts: 82

    The article says, " Since he was sentenced, with no possibility of parole the Merrigans have attended every hearing,...."
    If he was sentenced with no possibility of parole, why do they feel that he will get out if they don't show up at his hearihgs. Come to think about it, why is he even having a hearing if he was sentenced with no possibility of parole?
    If this is an error in reporting and he does have a chance for parole, I think that the absolute minimum he would would serve would be 55yrs and 6mos, and most likely a whole lot more. (I got my numbers by figuring 30% of 4 x 45 + 6 =186 and like I said he will probably do alot more then that)
    So if is painful for them and and inconvience for them, why bother?

     
  • Andrew Gaug posted at 9:16 pm on Sun, Sep 16, 2012.

    Andrew Gaug Posts: 14 Staff

    That was a mistake. He has the possibility of parole.

     
  • ranman656 posted at 8:34 am on Mon, Sep 17, 2012.

    ranman656 Posts: 82

    Thank you for the clarification Mr. Gaug. Have a good day sir.

     

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