Western NY man who killed 14-year-old girl granted parole at age 88


ROCHESTER (AP) — A western New York state man imprisoned for the past 59 years for strangling and raping a teenage girl has been granted parole at age 88.

James R. Moore, a former landscaper from the Rochester area, is scheduled to be released around June 6, after the state parole board granted him parole after his previous 20 requests were denied, the Democrat & Chronicle reported Tuesday. The decision came after his most recent parole hearing in late April.

Moore, New York's longest-serving prison inmate, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison for the 1962 killing of 14-year-old Pamela Moss, of Penfield. Authorities said Moore attacked the girl on a trail near her home, strangled and raped her, and dumped her body in a water-filled gravel pit.

While confessing to the killing, Moore told police he had sexually molested at least 17 other girls and admitted he raped a 9-year-old girl, authorities said.

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley, said she and her predecessors had opposed Moore's numerous parole requests.

“I am deeply saddened by this news,” Doorley said Tuesday. "It is a disservice to Pamela’s family.”

Officials said Moore does not yet have an approved post-release residence.


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