Skakel denied parole in teen's 1975 slaying

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SUFFIELD, Conn. — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who’s served 10 years in prison for the 1975 killing of teenager Martha Moxley, was denied parole today.

The decision came after Skakel made his case to the state parole board, insisting he did not kill Moxley. The board will review Skakel’s case again in October 2017.

Chairwoman Erika Tindill said the decision was not based on Skakel’s risk to reoffend but on the opinion of the panel that his release after 10 years is “incompatible with the welfare of society.”

John Moxley, Martha’s brother, called the decision a “hollow victory.”

“There’s no upside to any of this … so what, he got another five years. Martha’s not coming back,” said Moxley.” He said Moxley family members would spend the rest of the day driving back to their homes in New Jersey, “reliving the crime.”

“The more times I make this trip to upstate Connecticut, the more angry I get,” he said. “I would prefer to see him spend the rest of his life in prison.”

Skakel, 52, noted that Thursday marks 30 years of sobriety for him.

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