Murdered Woman's Family Faces 'Parole Hell' One More Time

Thursday, May 5th 2011, 5:44 pm
By: News 9

Jacqueline Sit, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A convicted killer who raped and stabbed an Oklahoma mother to death may soon be back on the streets, and the victim's family is worried for their safety and yours.

The worry weighs on Robbie Fullerton and her sister because the man who brutally killed their mother over 30 years ago is up for parole at the end of the month.

Keith Armstrong, who was 16 at the time, was an inmate at the Helena State Training School for Boys. He was serving time for beating and raping a 14-year-old. It was on June 6, 1980, that Maxine Fullerton was raped, beaten, strangled and stabbed 28 times in the neck and chest with two pairs of scissors while she worked at the school.

Armstrong was sentenced to life in prison. He is now up for parole. Fullerton's relatives will have to face the state's pardon and parole board to make their plea to keep their mother's murderer behind bars.

The Fullertons said they are living through "parole hell."

"It is extremely difficult," Fullerton said. We have to believe he won't ever be out again to do this to another family, but how do we know? It's torture."

Even though he's been in prison over thirty years, Fullerton is afraid Armstrong is still dangerous.

"This is a predator I certainly don't want as my neighbor," she said. I don't know anybody who would. But three people on a parole board want to look at him closer and said, ‘yes.' So that's putting the community in danger as far as I'm concerned."

Although they continue to relive the tragedy their mother suffered through, the family wants to remember Maxine Fullerton as a caring, good Christian woman who loved to laugh and they say the man who took her away needs to stay behind bars.

"To make a good case to keep him in, we have to dwell on how mother died and not how she lived," Fullerton said. "That's not right and it's not fair."

Fullerton's family will attend the parole board meeting May 23 to make their plea to keep Armstrong in prison.

Violent offenders are considered for parole by the board every three years and board members don't release reasons on why they vote one way or another.