Former Ivy League Prof Who Killed Wife Set To Be Paroled

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (January 17, 2013)—Rafael Robb, a former Ivy League professor who pleaded guilty to beating his wife to death as she wrapped Christmas presents, is set to be paroled.

Robb was sentenced in December 2008 to 5 to 10 years in prison in the December 2006 death of his wife, Ellen, in suburban Philadelphia. Robb pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2007.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says she recently learned that Robb is set to be released on parole later this month.

She says she's asked the state parole board to reconsider the decision.

Ferman said she thinks the board didn't consider all issues surrounding the case.

Robb, who was once a tenured economics professor at University of Pennsylvania, said in court that he killed his wife in "a moment of madness."


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