Gregory Wilson Jail, 36 years in prison for murdering and raping Debbie

Friends and family of Debbie Pooley passionately conveyed to the Kentucky parole board why they adamantly oppose the release of Gregory Wilson, the convicted murderer, during this week’s hearing.

Wilson, found guilty in 1988 of kidnapping, raping, and strangling Debbie Pooley in 1987, had an opportunity to address the parole board on January 23 after serving 36 years and seven months.

In a heart-wrenching statement, Wilson confessed to the horrific acts, stating, “I had forced Miss Pooley into the back of the car. And the act of rape. And foolishly strangled the young lady out of fear of being caught. It’s hard to talk about.”

Debbie Pooley’s nieces, Ami and Keri, presented compelling arguments to the parole board on January 22, pleading for Wilson to complete his sentence and for their family to find closure. Ami urged the board to consider the pain and suffering endured by their family and to bring an end to this tragic story.

“If Gregory Wilson is truly reformed, which is what I’m sure you’ll hear, let him make a difference where he is in jail,” Keri said. “But please, please let us have peace for Debbie.”

Joe Heil, Pooley’s former boss, highlighted the danger Wilson poses, emphasizing that Pooley was murdered only 30 days after Wilson’s parole from Ohio, where he had served 12 years for multiple rapes.

Rob Sanders, Commonwealth Attorney for Kenton County, argued vehemently against Wilson’s release, expressing concerns about the threat he poses to society, particularly women.

Wilson, who has admitted to several other rapes, asserted his reformation and attributed his violent actions to his childhood abuse. Despite taking responsibility for his actions, Wilson acknowledged that parole is a privilege, emphasizing his understanding of the gravity of his deeds.

The parole board, led by Sharon Hardesty and Leigh Wiggins, will convene to make a decision on January 29. The potential options include granting parole, deferring the decision for up to 10 years, or allowing Wilson to serve out his sentence.

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