Parole denied for man who hanged two teenage girls on Folly Beach

VIDEO: Parole hearing scheduled Wednesday for man who hanged two teenage girls

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Parole has been denied once again for the man who hanged two teenage girls on Folly Beach in 1973.

Richard Valenti, 73, was a Charleston-based sailor when he kidnapped 14-year-old Sherri Clark and 13-year-old Alexis Latimer.

Police say Valenti took the girls to his home on Folly Beach, where he put them in a shower stall with nooses around their necks and kicked their chairs out from underneath, watching them die.

Their bodies were found ten months later buried in shallow graves on the beach.

At the time of his convictions, the law allowed Valenti to be eligible for parole after serving just ten years of his sentence.

He has been eligible for parole 19 times, and each attempt to be set free has been denied.

Sherri Clark's sister, Paula Marion, gathered 8,000 signatures on a petition she gave the parole board Wednesday.

"He's a monster, he needs to stay in prison where he belongs," Marion said.

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