UPDATE: The Illinois Prisoner Review Board unanimously denied parole for Simon Peter Nelson.
The Board also voted 11-3 to keep Nelson in prison for another three years.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Local leaders are heading to Springfield to try and keep one of the Stateline's most notorious killers behind bars.
The prisoner review board will meet tomorrow, August 28, 2014 to decide whether Simon Peter Nelson should be granted parole.
In January of 1978, Nelson bludgeoned his six children and the family dog to death with a mallet and knife. The kids ranged in age from 3 to 12. Nelson was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to 100 to 200 years in prison and first became eligible for parole in 1986.
In June, State's Attorney Joe Bruscato testified in front of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board to protest Nelson's release. The State’s Attorney’s Office also collected signatures from supporters who agreed that Nelson remains a threat to the community and that he needs to stay in prison.
This is the eighteenth time Simon Peter Nelson has been up for parole.