Stories tagged with: Shafer

February 12, 2010 - 2:56pm
6 years 28 weeks ago

A Zanesville man convicted in the murder of a 5-year-old area girl will stay in prison.

Whiz News has learned that Billy Joe Shafer has been denied parole in the aggravated murder of Sara West. The Ohio Parole Board held a hearing for Shafer Thursday.

Board Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says Shafer was denied parole and will have to wait until 2020 to have another hearing.

Smith says the decision was actually a recommendation and won’t be final for a couple of days. It...

February 11, 2010 - 6:03pm
6 years 28 weeks ago

A convicted child murderer is appearing before the parole board Thursday. Now his victim's family is anxiously waiting to learn his fate.

Shirley West says the death of her granddaughter, Sara, is always on her mind. Thursday Sara's killer, Billy Joe Shafer, will go up for his first parole hearing since Sara's murder on Valentine's Day in 1993.

"Its been a long time coming and its been awfully rough at times and you think some times you can't get through the day and...

January 6, 2010 - 5:54pm
6 years 33 weeks ago

The mother of a murdered child is using the Internet to keep her daughter's killer behind bars.

Sara West was brutality sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered by Billy Shafer in 1993. Now Tracy Hickman, Sara's mother, is using the website to help send a message to the parole board. Billy is set to go up for parole in early February. Tracy says she worked with the site's creator Bret Vinocher to have Sara's case featured on the site. The site

January 3, 2010 - 10:21pm
6 years 33 weeks ago

With the first parole hearing quickly approaching for a convicted murderer, the victim's family is rallying support from the community to keep him behind bars. WHIZ's Katie Jeffries has the story.

"He is a monster, there ain't no other way to say it, he should never get out of prison," says Danny Shafer, Billy Joe Shafer's father.

Two garbage bags sat at the West family rally as a gruesome reminder of the fate of five-year-old Sara West. On Valentine's Day in...

December 4, 2009 - 6:16pm
6 years 38 weeks ago

A Muskingum County teenager convicted of murder nearly two decades ago will soon be up for parole, but the victim's grandmother is making it her duty to keep him behind bars.

On Feburary 14th, 1993, Sara West, 5, was brutally raped, tortured and murdered by her babysitter Billy Joe Shafer, 16. He was found guilty of aggravated murder.

"In his confessions he said that he had planned to kill somebody and was just waiting for the opportune moment,"...

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