Adrian Williams (PHOTO: Chilicothe Correctional Institute)
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SPRINGFIELD TWP, OH (FOX19) -
A Cincinnati man is up for parole after he was convicted for the kidnapping and the death of a 3-year-old boy more than 30 years ago.
Jason Evers was last seen by the YMCA near his Springfield Township home in 1982. Adrian Williams has served 33 years in prison for this crime.
Evers would have turned 36 on January 6th. All that remains are photographs, a lock of his hair, and three years of memories.
"He was a sweet little boy, innocent, there was no reason for somebody to take his life," said Jason's father Bob Evers.
In 1982, Adrian Williams kidnapped Jason Evers and for 43 agonizing days, the family searched for the toddler. The devastating truth came when Williams was arrested after leading authorities to where Evers was found buried in a shallow grave.
"He went everywhere with me so it's really hard for me and it's not fair that he's gone," said Amy Evers.
Williams, a teenager at the time, was convicted of kidnapping and involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 14 to 50 years behind bars. Jason's sister, Amy, was with him the day he was taken.
"Nothing will ever bring him back so it's one of those things where I feel like I failed my brother and I'm not going to fail him again and I'm going to keep Williams behind bars as long as I can," said Amy Evers.
The devastation of losing a loved one, only became worse in 2010. That's when federal prosecutors informed the Evers family that a man living near Oregon was arrested for identity theft. Officials say he applied for a passport, and was living as Jason Evers for 14 years.
"This person had taken my brother's identity because it was so involved in the news and he prayed on us as a family," said Amy Evers.
Williams, who turns 50 in May, now prepares for his seventh parole hearing. Last week, the Evers launched another petition to keep Williams in the Chillicothe Correctional Institution for the remaining 17 years of his sentence.
"My brother no longer has a voice so we're his voice and we want to keep his killer behind bars as long as possible," said Amy Evers.
Williams has said that he has changed drastically since admitting to this crime, but that doesn't sit well with Jason's family.
"He made the decision to do what he did and everybody is going to say they changed once they're in prison so they can get out," said Bob Evers.
So far the petition has more than 10 thousand signatures and family members plan to deliver them to the Ohio Parole Board in March.
The actual parole hearing is set for some time in April.