Robert Golub received a prison term of 25 years to life for murdering Kelly Ann Tinyes ["Golub's admission 25 years later," News, Dec. 11]. Her family lobbied against his parole, even obtaining 3,600 signatures on a petition that read, in part, "make sure that he will never be freed."
My question is whether families of victims should influence court and parole board decisions. Shouldn't the punishment fit the crime? Had Tinyes been an orphan, would Golub have been granted parole?
John Gimberlein, West Babylon