Man jailed for hanging 2 girls, burying bodies on beach waives parole hearing

Richard Valenti (Source: SC Department of Corrections)
Richard Valenti (Source: SC Department of Corrections)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man convicted of hanging two young girls in 1973 and then burying their bodies on Folly Beach has waived his next parole hearing.

Richard Valenti was convicted of murdering 14-year-old Sherri Clark and 13-year-old Alexis Latimer in May of 1973. Valenti, now 69, was eligible for parole this month, but waived his hearing.

Valenti told police that he stood the two girls on a chair, hung them together from some pipes under a beach house and then kicked the chair from underneath them. Prosecutors say Valenti buried their bodies on Folly Beach.

Valenti was sentenced in 1974 to two separate life sentences, but is up for parole every two years.

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