The Norristown-based domestic violence agency has issued a statement expressing their agreement in the recent denial of Rafael Robb’s early parole.
Friday, January 25
From Laurel House: "On behalf of our organization’s staff, board members, volunteers, and most importantly, on behalf of victims of domestic violence, we are relieved by the recent news that parole was denied for Rafael Robb," stated Beth Sturman, Executive Director of Laurel House, which is a domestic violence agency located in Norristown. Robb was sentenced in 2008 to serve five to ten years for the brutal murder of his wife, Ellen Robb. After learning that Mr. Robb was granted early release by the State Parole Board, Ellen’s family lead efforts to advocate against his early release. "We feel fortunate to live in a community where our elected officials are so committed to seeking justice for victims of domestic violence and we want to …
Rafael Robb bludgeoned his wife to death at their Upper Merion home just before her 50th birthday.
Thursday, January 17
A University of Pennsylvania professor who confessed to beating his wife to death with a chin-up bar at their Upper Merion home a few days before Christmas in 2006 is set to be released from prison later this month. KYW Newsradio reports that Rafael Robb, once recognized among the world's leading economics theorists, had his parole approved last November. If he is released as expected, he will have served close to the minimum portion of his 5-10 year sentence for voluntary manslaughter. The 62-year-old Robb, who is originally from Israel, pleaded guilty to that charge in November 2007 as part of a plea agreement. He is currently incarcerated at SCI Mercer, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Ellen Robb, who was about to celebrate her 50th …