NC Child Killer Will Stay Behind Bars

North Carolina officials have again denied parole to a 64-year-old man serving a life prison sentence for killing a girl in 1979.

The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that the North Carolina Parole Commission denied parole to Fred Coffey. Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree says it's the 15th time Coffey has been denied parole for the Mecklenburg County crime.

Coffey was convicted twice and sentenced to death for smothering Amanda Ray, age 10, on July 18, 1979. The death sentences were overturned by the state Supreme Court and a third jury split and Coffey was sentenced to life in prison.

The man also was suspected of killing a 5-year-old boy but never was charged.


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  • by lady Location: greenville on Jul 23, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    Whoop!! Whoop!! Execute him and be done with it. Living in prison is to good for him. Why are we paying for this man to live? He lost all his rights when he killed a child, so do what we do to all animals that are rabid KILL him.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jul 23, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    hmmm,does it really take wind to fly a kite. Mr. Coffey belongs behind the slammer. A NC CHILD KILLER...should be died. Congrats. Parole Board.
  • by crystal Location: chocowinity on Jul 23, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    i think they should have gone ahead and gave him the death penalty like he gave this little girl. Sure would have helped the tax payers!! Why do we have to feed and clothe criminals, when the way the economy is we can hardly feed and clothe ourselves!! Let me get a whoop whoop!!
  • by OBXFAN Location: Williamston on Jul 23, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    Would someone explain to me why we have had to pay for this guy to live for 30 years. He should have been executed a long time ago...
  • by D Location: ROCKY MOUNT on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    i think we should use this parole board on every case, there's no justifiable reason for anyone to unmercifully take another life & be allowed to walk the streets ever again
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    let's see.no tears falling here, he get's life. that should mean life in prison. she did not get to enjoy her life and he should not be allowed to enjoy his. she would be 40 yeras old, enjoying a free life with family and friends, trips across the globe, children to watch grow up and be sucessful, grandchildren possibly, retirmente ect... so therefore he stays put!!!!is it to late to crank up ole sparky anyway??
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 23, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    It's good that he was denied, but why is this news today? He's denied every year as are thousands of inmates across the state.
  • by A Location: Kinston on Jul 23, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    Great! At least there's one smart parole board!
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