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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 10:57 PM

Parole revoked for ex-Penn professor in wife’s murder


Gary Gregory stifled his tears once, then twice, as he talked about justice for his sister, Ellen Gregory Robb, who in 2006 was killed by her husband, Rafael Robb.
The emotion came after the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole on Wednesday rescinded its decision to release Robb, 62, from prison. The reversal came after the board received letters from Ellen Robb's family, friends, domestic violence organizations, and the judge who presided over her husband's 2007 trial. They all suggested that the former University of Pennsylvania professor remained a threat and should be kept behind bars.

If the board had stuck to its November decision to parole him, Rafael Robb would have walked out of a state prison in Mercer County on Monday. Now, his next chance at parole will come no sooner than September 2014.

Robb, an expert in economic game theory, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the bludgeoning death of his wife in their Upper Merion home as she was wrapping Christmas gifts. He was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. more

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