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Matthew Solomon denied parole in wife's murder

Matthew Solomon and Lisa Solomon on their honeymoon

Matthew Solomon and Lisa Solomon on their honeymoon in Hawaii. (Undated) Photo Credit: Newsday File

Matthew Solomon, convicted of killing his wife 22 years ago, has been denied parole for the third time, the state's Division of Parole announced Wednesday.

Solomon will remain in prison at least another two years, the parole division said.

Solomon was sentenced to 18 years to life in 1989 for the murder of Lisa Solomon, his wife of two months. He was convicted of choking her on Christmas Eve 1987, wrapping her body in garbage bags and disposing of them on land near their Huntington Station apartment.

In its decision, the board said Solomon continues to "provide limited insight for committing such a heinous crime."

The decision said after a careful review of Solomon's record, his personal interview and "due deliberation," the board determined that "if released at this time, there is a reasonable probability that you would not live without violating the law, your release at this time is incompatible with the welfare and safety of the community, and would so deprecate the seriousness of the crime as to undermine respect for law."

Solomon appeared before the board on Tuesday.

Howard Klerk, Lisa's uncle, said that he is relieved by the decision but finds it bittersweet, at best.

"It's a feeling of relief, not joy, because we really haven't gained much," said Klerk, of Richmond, Maine. "All we've managed to do is keep someone in prison for something that they did."

Klerk said his family expects to receive a transcript of Solomon's statement to the parole board.

"He hasn't changed," Klerk said. "He's still a dangerous individual who won't take responsibility for anything."

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