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Convicted child killer granted parole after 33 years

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By Kirsten Glavin

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A man who was convicted of brutally beating a 20-month-old child to death in 1984, was granted parole, Wednesday.

Walter Perry Jr. of Charlestown made his 9th appearance before the state’s parole board on Wednesday.  The members voted unanimously later in the afternoon.

"It happened, and I definitely was not expecting it,” said Lawrence Perry Junior, the victim brother.  He and his father, Lawrence Perry Senior, went to every parole hearing since 1996 to convince the board to keep the convicted killer behind bars.

"If you can beat a little kid to death, you shouldn't be out in society. Who is to say that won't happen again?" said Lawrence Perry Junior.

Walter Perry Jr. was found guilty in 1987 of beating 20-month-old Leah Perry to death in 1984.   He was dating Leah Perry’s mother.

"I just have this one memory, that I have to this day and it never goes away,” said Lawrence Perry. “I remember being in a room together and he just hit my sister. That's the only memory I've ever had of my sister."

Leah died from a blow to her stomach that ruptured her small intestine. Perry Jr. was sentenced to life in prison for the murder.

Former RI Attorney General, Jeff Pine, was a prosecutor in the case and told ABC6 News Wednesday night that Perry Jr. should never have been let out of prison.

“I wrote letters to the parole board, the family was very adamant about opposing Mr. Perry’s parole and that’s why he’s been in for 30 years. I’m disappointed that he’s finally out to be honest with you,” said Attorney Pine.

"Hopefully we can get it overturned and get something good out of this. But we will fight till the end,” said Lawrence Perry Junior.

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