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Killer's parole on hold after mistake made
KENTON COUNTY, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- Paroling killer Reggie Graves without telling the victim's family was a mistake but then the board told Kimberly Sipe's family that nothing could be done about it.
Graves choked the young mother of his 6-day-old daughter then threw her in the Licking River to drown because she broke off the abusive relationship. Reggie Graves was sentenced to 50 years in prison for murdering Kimberly Sipes. Sipes was the mother of an 8-year-old and had given birth to Graves' daughter, Jaslin, six days before her body was pulled from the Licking River.
Late last month he was paroled after serving 16 years. Kimberly's family found out through Facebook.
Amanda Jones, Kimberly's sister, said, "They told me I couldn't do anything. I remember being on the phone with that lady, crying."
To Amanda it seemed the board got caught. Then came the call Monday morning.
"So, I was told this morning that they have decided to reconsider Reggie's parole. He's gonna go back up again in October instead of being released on September 1," Jones said.
The family will be notified when it can go to Frankfort and give the parole board something else to consider, them. The family is afraid of Graves and to them 16 years doesn't seem long enough for murdering the mother of two children. Tyrone was 8-years-old at the time. Now he's a soldier fighting in Afghanistan.
When asked what they thought the board was thinking when it paroled Graves, Rob Sanders, Kenton County commonwealth attorney, thought it had to do with money. It's expensive to house a prisoner for 50 years.
"Taxpayers put tax dollars toward prisons for a reason because the public is a lot safer when they're off the streets," Sanders said.
The parole board may still parole Graves in October. But it will be after Kimberly's family had their say. The parole board will also consider public opinion.
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