The Orangetown Town Board voted again to show their support for the family of Paula Bohovesky, the 16-year-old who was murdered in Pearl River in 1980.
While walking home, Bohovesky was killed by Richard LaBarbera and Robert McCain, who were both sentenced to 25-years-to-life for second-degree murder. The two started coming up for parole every two years in 2005. The Orangetown board’s resolution supports the Bohovesky family as they ask the New York State Parole Board to not allow the men to be paroled.
The board passed a similar resolution in 2011, the last time they were both up for parole. Last week, the Rockland County Legislature passed a resolution also showing their support for the Bohovesky family.
There is an online petition people can sign here to also ask the parole board to not give the men parole. Orangetown Town Clerk Charlotte Madigan said she has a copy in her office that people can stop by to sign as well.
The people of Pearl River have worked to keep the memory of Bohovesky alive in recent years, as they've organized a freeze mob and concert in her honor. The Pearl River Library, where Bohovesky worked part-time, named the library’s art space in honor of her.