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Neelley gives up shot at parole

May 2, 2018--7:55 a.m. Headlines

After years of fighting for a chance to be released from prison, Judith Ann Neelley is giving up her shot at parole.

Neelley, 53, was convicted in 1982 for the rape and murder of 13-year-old Lisa Ann Millican. She was set for a parole hearing on May 23, but according to her appellate lawyer, Barry Ragsdale, she has waived the hearing.

“After much prayer and discussions with my children, I have asked the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole to cancel my parole hearing currently set for May 23,” she wrote in a letter, obtained exclusively by

“Although I am grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate how much God has changed my heart and life over the past 36 years, I know that now is not the right time. In order to spare the Millican family the pain and trauma of having to attend the hearing, I have agreed to waive my right to be considered for parole at this time. I will continue to pray daily for God’s forgiveness and for peace for the Millican family.”

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