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Convicted Murderer on Parole Despite Victim's Family's Pleas

DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS (Jen French/Kate Liebers) -- After spending more than two decades in prison, a man convicted of murder is to be released on parole.

Randall OBrien, 41, said he is a changed man since the 1990 murder of Kevin Boyer. 

Police the crime began when the 18-year-old O'Brien and a 19-year-old Kevin Boyer got into a fight over a gun. Police said Boyer was trying to ride away on his bike when OBrien opened fire, shooting and killing Boyer.

Thursday, Boyers mother and his daughter told the parole board that they didnt want the convicted killer released.

"That's all that I hope for. And that the person who killed my son won't harm anybody else, said the victim's mother, Sharon Boyer.

"Anybody would fear a person that would shoot a person four times in his back," she said. "(He) has been in and out of a juvenile institution for so many years. I don't know where his mind is."

The victim's daughter, who was two months old when her father died, said O'Brien's now has a freedom to live a life her loved one never got. 

"He's still able to live a decent life," Kiara Boyer said. "Two to three years from now, he'll be able to have children -- possibly a girl. He'll get to experience all of the things my father and I never got to experience."

O'Brien has been eligible for parole before. This is the first time it was granted.
 
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