Nephew of Robert and Ethel Kennedy was denied parole after 10 years in prison

Martha Moxley was beat to death with a golf club outside her home in 1975 and Michael Skakel, the nephew of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, was tried and convicted as an adult twenty-seven year after the commission of the crime. Skakel was 15 at the time of the murder and is now 52 year old.

The 15-year-old’s body was found after a night of partying with Skakel, his older brother and other teenagers in a prosperous gated community in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Martha Moxley’s mother, Dorthy, expresses her wishes that Skakel serve a the 20 year minimum without parole. Additionally, John Moxley wrote a letter to the parole board describing the toll his sister’s murder had taken on his family and asked that Skakel’s parole be denied.

Hope Seeley, attorney for Skakel, stated “Michael’s conviction was a miscarriage of justice, but that aside, his further incarceration would also be a miscarriage of justice since he should have been sentenced as a juvenile with a maximum sentence of four years.”

Wednesday was Skakel’s first chance at parole. Skakel received a 20-to-life sentence and was denied parole Wednesday morning after serving 10 years in prison. Skakel has maintained his innocence.

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