Rockford murderer Simon Peter Nelson, 82, will have an inmate hearing before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board June 3.
Nelson killed his own six children and the family dog with a knife and rubber mallet in Rockford in 1978. Nelson claimed he snapped after he got off the phone with his wife, who apparently told him she wanted a divorce.
After killing his kids, who ranged in age from 3 to 12, Nelson drove to Milwaukee, where he was captured by police.
Nelson was arrested and convicted. He was sentenced to 100 to 200 years in prison, and first became eligible for parole in 1986.
Nelson will try to persuade the Prisoner Review Board to let him out of prison. Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato (D), meantime, will schedule a protest hearing to persuade the Prisoner Review Board to keep Nelson in prison.
Although the State’s Attorney’s Office hasn’t been given dates yet, Bruscato said he plans to attend both the protest and en banc hearings.
The community is encouraged to join in the fight to keep Nelson in prison by writing letters and signing protest petitions. The Prisoner Review Board’s addres is 319 E. Madison St., Springfield, IL 62701, and it can be reached at (217) 782-7273.
Nelson has been before the Prisoner Review Board 18 times.
From the March 19-25, 2014, issue