Parole denied for Cheryl McCafferty

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - The Kentucky Parole Board has voted to deny parole for a Fort Thomas woman who killed her husband.

Cheryl McCafferty had her parole denied and will have to wait 60 months before she will be eligible again.

McCafferty was convicted in 2009 of killing her husband, Bob, in their Fort Thomas home. She was deemed a victim of domestic violence by the court, meaning she could only serve 20 percent of her 18 year sentence. She also got credit for time served after she was arrested after Bob's 2007 death.

McCafferty pled her case to two members of the parole board last week, saying she wanted to be an advocate for domestic violence and said she had participated in every program available to her at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, where she is being held.

Those two members of the parole board could not reach a decision, and referred the case to the full nine-member board. The board met in closed session in Frankfort on Tuesday.

Cheryl McCafferty's family released the following statement: "We should be ashamed of ourselves as a society, when we continue to punish the victim's of domestic violence."

Campbell County Commonwealth attorney Michelle Snodgrass also weighed in on the decision.

"In a situation like this, taking another person's life should always be a last resort. There were too many choices that were available to Cheryl McCafferty, and she didn't take those choices that were available to her," said Snodgrass.  "It's unfortunate that her family is trying to find someone else to blame but I think the reality is there is one person to blame for the reason that we're all here today, and that is Cheryl McCafferty."

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