The New York State Parole Board denied parole to convicted killer Richard LaBarbera Wednesday.
LaBarbera and Robert McCain were convicted of murdering 16-year-old Pearl River resident Paula Bohovesky Oct. 28, 1980. McCain is expected to have a parole hearing in June.
Bohovesky's mother, Lois, has worked to keep her daughter's killers behind bars.
"It's very rough, but it's always a relief when this part of it comes," Lois Bohovesky said. "We still have the other one to wait for. It's half of a relief. I'm confident McCain won't get parole, either, but you never know."
LaBarbera, 58, is an inmate at the maximum security Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, NY.
According to the statement from the parole board, the panel beleived that releasing LaBarbera would be, "Incompatible with the pubic safety and welfare."
The panel cited his 1971 conviction and subsequent jail sentence. LaBarbera was out on parole from that sentence when he murdered Bohovesky. He was also cited for a drug use violation since his last parole hearing.
"AS a result, your release at this time is denied," the statement went on to read. "There is a reasonable probability you would not live and remain at liberty without violating the law."
Editor's Note: Updated with statement from parole board