1 of 2 men convicted of brutally murdering teen in 1980 set free

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PEARL RIVER -

One of two men convicted of brutally murdering a 16-year-old Rockland County girl decades ago is finally a free man, despite the protests of thousands from across the county, state and country.

Richard LaBarbera was released from state prison Monday after being granted parole earlier this year for his role in the 1980 murder of Paula Bohovesky in Pearl River.

LaBarbera was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, along with her other attacker, Robert McCain.

Both killers first became eligible for parole in 2005. Last month, Richard LaBarbera was granted parole. McCain was denied parole in June.

Paula Bohovesky's mother filed a lawsuit against the state parole board last week, calling its decision to grant parole unlawful. The suit also asked for a temporary emergency order preventing LaBarbera from coming back to Rockland County.

Bob Baird, along with John Murphy and Bill Schule, helped Bohovesky file the lawsuit. They say getting LaBarbera back behind bars won't be easy, but they will be happy if their lawsuit helps keep the killer out of Rockland County forever.

LaBarbera must stay at least three counties away from Pearl River, after a judge changed his parole location from Peekskill to Buffalo.

“Until we all disappear, we're going to keep our eyes and ears on this case,” says Murphy.

Atttorneys for Bohovesky and the state parole board will meet in court in Albany July 26. That's when a judge will decide on the permanent parole restrictions of LaBarbera, including whether he can ever come back to Rockland County.

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