Parole considered for Lenoir County woman locked up for husband and step-son's murders

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LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Decades ago, Sylvia White was found guilty of murdering her 4-year-old stepson and hiring a hit man to kill her husband.

Wednesday, parole commissioners are meeting to discuss her case.

Her family was told that it would be weeks before a decision will be made.

White's step-family will once again try to convince the parole commissioners to keep her behind bars.

Little Billy White died in 1973, but it wasn't until his father, Billy White, was killed in Jones County in 1992 that investigators realized both had been murdered.

Officials discovered in 1992 that Sylvia White hired a hit man to kill her husband, so they did another autopsy on the 4-year-old and found she had used a dry cleaning bag to suffocate the little boy.

White was first eligible for parole back in 2005 and the step-family has been fighting it ever since.


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Decades ago, Sylvia White was found guilty of murdering her 4-year-old stepson and hiring a hit man to kill her husband.

Now her step-family will once again try to convince parole commissioners to keep her behind bars.

Little Billy White died in 1973, but it wasn't until his father Billy White was killed in Jones County in 1992 that investigators realized both had been murdered.

Officials discovered Sylvia White hired a hitman to kill her husband, so they did another autopsy on the 4-year-old and found she had used a dry-cleaning bag to suffocate the little boy.

The family of the two victims is preparing to present photos and articles to state officials which they hope will convince them to deny White's parole.

Teresa White Murray says this isn't the first time her family has made this trip to Raleigh.

White was first eligible for parole back in 2005 and the family has been fighting it ever since.

"Just my wish is that she'll die and rot," Murray says. "No, I haven't forgiven, I am not going to forgive and you sure don't forget."

For those interested in learning more about these murders, an hour-long television program about the investigation into Billy White and his son's death is set to air on Investigation Discovery July 1st.

Murray says coverage like that helps keep this story in the forefront of the public's mind.

She says it's important to remind people that these murders were not only a family tragedy, but a community tragedy as well.

Murray is also urging anyone who feels passionately about keeping Sylvia White behind bars to write into the parole commission.