Woman says parents would be alive if killer wasn’t paroled
Holly Pichardo says she’s not surprised Gerald Boyes Jr. eventually became the prime suspect in death of her mom, Billie Potter, and step-dad, Gerald Boyes Sr. The couple was found dead in their McCracken County home last week.
"I do feel if he would have did all his time that he was actually sentenced, I feel my parents would still be alive," says Pichardo. "I mean, the family is grieving terribly right now."
Boyes Jr. has an extensive criminal history, beginning in 1984 when he was sentenced to more than 60 years in a Florida prison for armed robbery. He escaped about five years later and was released on parole in 2013.
Sheriff Jon Hayden says phone records and video surveillance puts Boyes Jr. in Paducah around the time of the murders.
"A good predictor of future behavior is prior behavior," says Hayden.
In the past 30 years, Hayden says Boyes Jr. had only spent 22 years in prison, less than half of his original sentence.
We called the Florida Department of Corrections asking why he was let out on parole, but we haven’t gotten an answer yet.
The family says they have not made funeral arraignments because investigators are waiting on forensic evidence.