Thursday, March 7, 2013
The local state representative unveiled legislation to changes the state’s Crime Victims Act, allowing victims a right to speak at parole hearings of prisoners.
State Representative Mike Vereb (R-150) unveiled legislation to change Pennsylvania’s Crime Victims Act yesterday, inspired by the high-profile murder of Ellen Gregory Robb, who was bludgeoned to death by her husband, Rafael, in 2006. Vereb has worked closely with the Gregory family when Rafael Robb was set to be released from prison after serving only half of his ten-year maximum sentence. The Gregory family was unable to gain a presence in front of the parole board to object the release without the help of Vereb, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, and other elected officials. “It is so important that victims’ and their families’ voices be heard,” said Vereb. “In this particular case, the Gregory family did not …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Norristown-based domestic violence agency has issued a statement expressing their agreement in the recent denial of Rafael Robb’s early parole.
Friday, January 25
From Laurel House: "On behalf of our organization’s staff, board members, volunteers, and most importantly, on behalf of victims of domestic violence, we are relieved by the recent news that parole was denied for Rafael Robb," stated Beth Sturman, Executive Director of Laurel House, which is a domestic violence agency located in Norristown. Robb was sentenced in 2008 to serve five to ten years for the brutal murder of his wife, Ellen Robb. After learning that Mr. Robb was granted early release by the State Parole Board, Ellen’s family lead efforts to advocate against his early release. "We feel fortunate to live in a community where our elected officials are so committed to seeking justice for victims of domestic violence and we want to …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The former Ivy League prof, who was convicted of killing his wife, had been scheduled to be paroled next week.
Wednesday, January 23
Rafael Robb will not be getting out of prison next week. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported via its Twitter feed that the State Board of Probation and Parole has reversed its decision to release Robb, who was convicted in the 2006 bludgeoning death of his wife, Ellen, at their Upper Merion home. Members of Ellen Robb's family met with the chairman of the parole board yesterday. Gary Gregory, Ellen Robb's brother, told WPVI-TV that he learned of the parole board's reversal earlier this morning. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman and State Representative Mike Vereb, who first spoke out against Robb's release last week, have scheduled a press conference for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the District Attorney's offices in Norristown.
After meeting with family members of murder victim Ellen Robb, the state parole board is said to be reconsidering a decision that would have made the former U. Penn professor a free man next week.
Wednesday, January 23
Update 11:05 a.m.: The state parole board has reportedly reversed its decision to parole Rafael Robb following yesterday's meeting with family members of Ellen Robb. A formal announcement is expected this afternoon. Earlier story below. Rafael Robb, the former University of Pennsylvania professor who bludgeoned his wife to death in their Upper Merion home in 2006, may yet remain behind bars. The Pa. Board of Probation and Parole had previously approved Robb's release for next week, after Robb served the minimum portion of a 5-10 year sentence. Robb received the sentence following a plea agreement that saw him plead guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that members of victim Ellen Robb's family met …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Officials say Ellen Robb's family deserves to be heard by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole; a meeting has been scheduled.
The family of Ellen Robb, the wife and mother who was brutally murdered by her husband, Rafael Robb, just before Christmas in 2006, has been granted an opportunity to speak to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole regarding its recent decision to release Robb from prison after officials uncovered a law requiring the board to give victims a voice in the parole process. Montgomery Count District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, State Representatives Mike Vereb (R-150) and Todd Stephens (R-151), and Ellen Robb’s brother, Gary Gregory, announced that Ellen’s family would be meeting with the chairman of the parole board next week. “The opportunity to meet with the chairman of the parole board is a terrific development and a step forward …
State Representative Mike Vereb sent a letter to the PA Board of Probation and Parole objecting to the release of Robb, who admitted killing his wife, Ellen Robb, in 2007.
State Representative Mike Vereb (R-150) sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in response to its decision to parole Rafael Robb, who pleaded guilty to the 2007 murder of his wife, Ellen Robb, at the end of January. “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 plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal negotiated between his attorney and county prosecutors. Robb was sentenced to the …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Rafael Robb bludgeoned his wife to death at their Upper Merion home just before her 50th birthday.
Thursday, January 17
A University of Pennsylvania professor who confessed to beating his wife to death with a chin-up bar at their Upper Merion home a few days before Christmas in 2006 is set to be released from prison later this month. KYW Newsradio reports that Rafael Robb, once recognized among the world's leading economics theorists, had his parole approved last November. If he is released as expected, he will have served close to the minimum portion of his 5-10 year sentence for voluntary manslaughter. The 62-year-old Robb, who is originally from Israel, pleaded guilty to that charge in November 2007 as part of a plea agreement. He is currently incarcerated at SCI Mercer, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Ellen Robb, who was about to celebrate her 50th …