A Mother's Fight

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

"When he pulled that gun, and took those boys lives, in my opinion, he gave up his rights. You don't have any rights anymore, and I think if they would have had a life sentence or a death penalty, then he would have got that," says Shirley Pixler Guthrie.

It's been 29 years since her son was brutally murdered...and every year, she must relive the pain, the heartache, the loss, as her son's murderer comes up for parole.

"I start looking the first of December to get the letter, telling me when he's coming up.” says Guthrie.

Michael Pixler and Randall Morton were working at the Citgo service station at 15th and 11 Street on Christmas Eve of 1976. Dale Dean Finch, who was out on parole at the time, came in to rob the store, he shot Michael and Randall in the head.

Every year, Shirley circulates petitions and this year, she expects to collect 7 to 8 thousand signatures, Congressman Manzullo, Senator Syverson, Mayor Morrissey have written letters on her behalf asking the review board to deny parole.

"I really appreciate the help that I've gotten from so many people, you know businesses, and individual people helping me. Because, you know, I don't know what I'd do without the help," says Guthrie.

Finch's parole hearing will be held on Feb. 8. If you would like to sign the petition, visit www.rrstar.com. The forms are e-mailed directly to the Department of Corrections. You can also fill out a petition by hand until Tuesday at the Kenrock community center and at discount tires on Perryville.

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