Didier killer Lower denied parole for 19th time

February 27, 2014
Robert Henry Lower

Robert Henry Lower

Online Staff Report

Convicted child killer Robert Henry Lower will stay behind bars for another five years, the state parole board decided today.

Lower kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed 15-year-old Joey Didier back in  1975.

Didier was delivering newspapers at the time. His body was found about two weeks later in a cabin in Jo Daviess County.

Lower, now 75, was convicted and sentenced to 100-150 years in prison, where he’s been for the last 38 years.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted unanimously Thursday to keep him behind bars for another five years.

This is the 19th time Lower has been before the board. He has never received a single vote in favor of parole.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato, along with Jo Daviess County State’s Attorney John Hay, joined the Didier family in Springfield Thursday as the board read its decision.

The Prisoner Review Board made note of the more than 16,000 people in Winnebago and Jo Daviess counties who signed petitions to keep Lower in prison.

Lower will face the board again in 2019.

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