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Murderer Patricia Columbo, 54, Denied Parole

CHICAGO (WBBM) -- Once again, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board has denied parole to Patricia Columbo, who was convicted of the 1976 murders of her parents and 13-year-old brother.

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Columbo and her boyfriend Frank DeLuca were both convicted of the Elk Grove Village murders, committed allegedly so Columbo would get her family's inheritance.

The parole board on Monday vote was 10-2 against parole for Columbo.

Ken Tupy, legal counsel for the board, says the two who voted for parole have supported parole for Columbo in the past.

"They talked about her institutional record," Tupy said. "Her institutional record has been extremely good.  She teaches arts and crafts.  She's doing social work.  She's helped out other inmates, so she seems to have turned her life around."

Patricia Columbo, 54, is serving 200 to 300 years in prison.

She's up next for parole in three years.

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