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Letter: Families petitioning against parole

Robert Golub, the former Valley Stream man who

Robert Golub, the former Valley Stream man who has spent more than two decades in prison for the brutal murder of his 13-year-old neighbor Kelly Ann Tinyes, won't get out on parole early next year, according to the state Parole Board. (Nov. 25, 2013) Credit: New York State Department of Corrections

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