Joey Didier killer denied parole for 12th time
By Jim Hagerty
Robert H. Lower, the man convicted of killing Joey Didier almost 36 years ago, was denied parole Thursday morning, Feb. 24, and will remain behind bars for at least another three years.
Lower, 72, admitted to abducting, sexually assaulting and killing Didier in March 1975. Didier, 15, was abducted while delivering newspapers March 4 of that year.
After luring Didier into his car, Lower drove him to a remote cabin west of Rockford, where he assaulted and killed him.
Lower, who is serving a 100- to 150-year sentence, has been denied parole 11 times. Each time he’s eligible, Didier’s family circulates petitions to keep Lower locked-up.
Family members were in Springfield Thursday when the Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted unanimously to keep Lower in prison for the twelfth time.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato and Deputy State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite-Ross were also at the hearing.
Lower was last denied parole in 2008. He’s been in prison for 35 years and is currently housed at the Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro.
Lower will be eligible for parole again in 2014.
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