Jan. 23, 2013

HARRISBURG-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) today praised the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for denying parole to convicted wife killer Dr. Rafael Robb.

“Rafael Robb’s crime was so insidious, so gruesome, that I believe he should serve his full term,” Stephens said.

In March 2012, Gary Gregory, the brother of victim, Ellen Robb, reached out to Stephens for his assistance in preventing Rafael Robb’s minimum-sentence prerelease. Stephens sent a letter to the Department of Corrections opposing Robb’s release. The Department of Corrections denied Robb’s request for release.

In November 2012, notwithstanding the Department of Corrections’ earlier denial, the Pennsylvania Parole Board voted to parole Robb. Stephens immediately sent another letter to the board objecting to the parole and verified other letters opposing Robb’s initial release were included in the file reviewed by the parole board.

On Jan. 18, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman held a press conference with Stephens and Rep. Mike Vereb announcing that the Parole Board would meet with the family to hear their testimony.

Today, the board announced that Robb’s parole would be denied.

“I applaud the parole board for listening to the concerns of the family and making sure justice is done,” Stephens said.
Robb, who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the murder of his wife, Ellen, has served six years in prison and became eligible for parole last year when he reached his minimum sentence of five years. He was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: David Foster