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Petition to keep 1990 Palmyra murderer in prison

Chad Campbell was convicted of stabbing Cindy Lewis and Curtis Rizzo to death and is currently serving the maximum sentence of life in prison for the murders in 1990. (Photo: NYSDOCCS)

Palmyra, N.Y. (WHAM) - In August 1990, 14-year-old Chad Campbell brutally murdered a 15-year-old babysitter and the 17-month-old boy she was watching in Palmyra.

Campbell was convicted of stabbing Cindy Lewis and Curtis Rizzo to death and is currently serving the maximum sentence of life in prison for the murders.

Next month, Campbell will be eligible for parole. This will be his sixth parole hearing.

On Monday, New York State Senator Pam Helming posted a petition on her State Senate website and is asking the public to sign it to help keep Campbell in prison. Earlier this year, Helming sent a letter to the New York State Parole Board.

Earlier this year, Senator Helming sent a letter to the New York State Parole Board opposing Campbell’s early release and demanding he spend the remainder of his life serving time in prison. Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts and former Palmyra Village Police Chief David Dalton also added their support to the effort.

Campbell has previously been denied an early release because he has shown no remorse for the crimes.

“When Chad Campbell chose to kill two innocent children by repeatedly stabbing them over and over again, in my opinion, he forfeited his right to live outside prison walls," Helming said. "Cindy and Curtis did not have the chance to live out their lives, and their families have endured years of suffering and pain. Why should Campbell be granted an opportunity to live freely?"

Copies of the petition will be delivered to the parole board at the end of this month.

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