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Parole denied again for Illinois inmate for 1960 killings

November 29, 2018

FILE - In this March 3, 1961 file photo, Chester Weger, left, is shown after he was convicted in the 1960 murder of Lillian Oetting at Starved Rock State Park, one of three women found murdered there. Illinois officials have again denied parole to the 79-year-old inmate sentenced to life in prison for the 1960 killings. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted 7-7 Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 on Weger's request, leaving him short of the needed majority vote for his release. (AP Photo/Edward Kitch, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have again denied parole to a 79-year-old inmate sentenced to life in prison for the 1960 killings of three suburban Chicago women in a state park.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted 7-7 Thursday on Chester Weger’s request, leaving him short of the needed majority vote for his release. The Chicago Tribune reports his attorneys protested, noting that one board member was absent.

Weger has continued to deny he killed the women from Riverside, whose badly beaten bodies were found in a Starved Rock State Park cave. Weger was 21-years-old and worked as a dishwasher at the state park lodge. Jurors convicted him in 1961.

The board has denied his parole requests dating to 1972, although it also deadlocked 7-7 last year.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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