Family worries about convicted killer getting out on parole
Two Anchorage women say they are reliving a triple murder that happened more than 30 years ago. The reason? They recently learned that one of the people who killed their elderly grandparents and great aunt may get out on parole.
The date was April 23, 1985, when Tom and Ann Faccio and Emilia Elliot were found murdered, execution style, inside their Russian Jack home. Police would later determine it was a robbery attempt that went bad. Although it happened more than 30 years ago, Cynthia Arnold and Tamera Lienhart, the victim's granddaughters, are reliving it now.
"Right back to seeing their bodies outlined on the carpet in the house that we grew up in," said Arnold. "Imagine, the very worst day of your life and then you get to relive it again and again."
Arnold said she and her sister received word in early March that one of the killers, Cordell Boyd, was coming up for parole. Boyd was 19-years-old when it happened. His accomplice, Winona Fletcher, was just 14. The sisters said it was Boyd who got Fletcher to knock on their grandparent's door that night.
"She said, 'we are having car trouble can we use your phone?' And who wouldn't let a teenager or anyone come in? After she came inside, then he came in with the gun."
The sisters call what happened to their family a nightmare that didn't end for weeks while police searched for a suspect.
"The cops were, 'we don't know who did this, we don't know if it's against your family. We don't know if you have to watch your back, we don't know anything,'" said Lienhart.
Eventually, Boyd and Fletcher were arrested, convicted and given long sentences. Fletcher initially received 297 years in prison, which was later reduced to 135. Boyd received a 99-year sentence. Long enough that the sisters believed the two would be in prison for life-- until recently when they learned Boyd, after serving one-third of his sentence, was up for a discretionary parole hearing.
In his release plan for parole, Boyd writes that he deserves a second chance.
"I have matured and put away childish selfish thinking. I am not who I was 33 years ago when I came into the prison system at age 19."
But the sisters aren't so sure.
"I hope he has become a better person, but he can be a better person in jail, helping others," said Lienhart.
Both sisters plan to be at the parole hearing on April 2 to ask the board not to release Boyd.
And although they haven't seen Cordell Boyd since he was 19-years-old, they're getting ready to face him now.
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