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Parole denied for Rafael Robb, former Penn professor who killed wife

Board reverses decision after victim's family testifies

Parole denied for Robb

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole is reversing its decision to free a former University of Pennsylvania professor who beat his wife to death in 2006.

The board made its decision public Wednesday, a day after family members of Ellen Robb met with a board official and submitted what they call evidence that her former husband is a danger to society.

In November, the board approved Rafael Robb for parole and scheduled him to be released Monday. Its new decision said he's a risk to the community and won't get parole until at least September 2014.

Robb killed his wife, Ellen Robb, 49, in December 2006 as she wrapped Christmas presents inside their Upper Merion Twp, Montgomery Co., home.

Rafael Robb pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and has served six years. He became eligible for parole when he reached his minimum sentence.

He was previously an economist and professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

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