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Eagles Exec’s Wife Denied Parole

February 16, 2000

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ The wife of a Philadelphia Eagles executive was denied parole Wednesday after serving four months in jail for a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Karen Jill Howard went before a two-member board to try to cut short her nearly one-year sentence.

Because there are only a few months left in that term, no new parole hearing was scheduled, said Bob Egles, executive director of the state parole board.

``She’ll serve out the remainder of her term,″ Egles said.

The main issue the board considered was whether Howard was likely to commit another crime, Egles said.

``Obviously, with parole being denied, it says the board determined there was a likelihood she would commit a crime if released on parole,″ he said.

The hearing was conducted by Andrew B. Consovoy, the parole board’s chairman, and William T. McCargo, its vice chairman. Neither was immediately available for comment. Howard’s attorney, Teri Lodge, did not immediately return a telephone message.

Howard, 36, of Evesham, is the wife of Eagles public relations director Ron Howard. She began her jail term in October after pleading guilty to striking and killing Robert Hoagland, 29, in October 1998 and leaving the scene of the accident.

The case prompted efforts to change state law to mandate prison terms in fatal hit-and-runs.

Judge Louis F. Hornstine sentenced Howard to 360 days in jail and five years’ probation.

Hoagland and his wife were returning home from celebrating their first wedding anniversary at an Eagles’ game. He was changing a tire on I-76 in Gloucester City when he was hit.

Karen Howard fled after stopping briefly to inquire if he was all right and learning that he was not.

She also was returning home from the football game. She has said she swerved while turning around to look at her crying 4-year-old son. She pleaded guilty to trying to cover up the accident by washing away evidence and returning her sports utility vehicle to a dealership.

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