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Sister of murder victim speaks out against killer’s possible parole

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: May 07 2013 06:32:12 PM MDT
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KALISPELL, Mont. -

The sister of a Kalispell woman killed roughly 30 years ago is speaking out against the murderer’s possible parole. Jerry Forsyth was sentenced to 110 years in prison back in 1986 for shooting and killing his wife, Karen Forsyth.

In 1979, he had staged the murder to look like a robbery attempt, and shot her in their bowling alley. He was convicted of the killing in 1980, but the Montana Supreme Court overturned that decision. A 1982   trial ended up with a hung jury, and a jury convicted Forsyth during a third trial in 1985.

He now has a parole hearing set for May 31 in Deer Lodge at 9:00 am. Folks hoping to send in comments can send letters to the State of Montana Board of Pardons and Parole at 1002 Hollenbeck Road, Deer  Lodge, MT 59722. Comments can also be emailed to jpribnow@mt.gov.

“Personally, I don’t want to be looking over my shoulder and my family’s the same way,” said Karen’s sister, Sharon Snell. “We shouldn’t have to be worried about him being out, wondering what he might do.”

NBC Montana placed a call to the Montana State Prison in an attempt to get a comment from Forsyth, but had not heard back as of Tuesday evening.