Convicted Rapist Denied Parole

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

A man behind bars for kidnapping, beating and raping a Southern Colorado woman had a chance to get out of prison.

11 News first brought you the story of Michael Riley last month. Wednesday night, the convicted rapist had a parole hearing. The parole board denied his chance to be a free man at least for now.

That's relief for one of his victims. A woman, who we're calling Allison, now lives here in Southern Colorado. He attacked her 29 years ago in Ohio when she was living in Cincinatti in her apartment parking lot. "He kept me blindfolded and handcuffed. Not only did he rape me repeatedly, but he beat me repeatedly during that time," says Allison.

For 12 hours, Allison was held captive. “I thought I was not going to survive my time with him."

But, she did survive and later that same year, Riley was convicted in Allison's case and plead guilty to the rape of another woman. He was sentenced to 40 to 150 years in prison. Allison knew, though, he would kill her if he ever got out. “The life and safety of every female in whatever community he settled would be at risk."

Where Riley has served 29 years in Ohio, the prisons are overcrowded and convicts are getting released early. That’s why he was up for parole.

For the past 16 years, Riley has eligible to get out of prison every four years, but since we first brought you this story back in January, many of our 11 News viewers wrote to the parole board, pleading to keep Riley in prison. Because of that, he won't be up for parole again until 2020.

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