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Killer granted parole after serving decades in prison for 1975 murder of Akron pawn shop owner

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 14:21:08-04

CLEVELAND — After serving decades in prison of a life sentence, a convicted killer was granted parole after he murdered a father who owned a popular pawn shop in Akron.

On a cold January day in 1975, Al Parker pulled the trigger and shot Sidney Cohen through the heart.

Four people were involved in the robbery and murder — three were sentenced to death. Parker was sentenced to life in prison because of a deal he made.

Now, decades later, the parole board voted for him to be released from prison.

Last week, New 5's Homa Bash interviewed Jerry Cohen about the possibility of his father's killer being released from prison.

“I’m just reliving everything. It hurts. It’s a bad hurt,” Jerry Cohen said tearfully. “And every time I go down there [to the parole board], I tell the same thing over and over again. The pain never goes away.”

The Cohen family was fighting to keep Parker behind bars for the rest of his life, but the board decided different. The news hit hard for Cohen.

"Time heals all wounds, but not in this situation. It's just a scab," Cohen told Bash following the news that his father's killer would be released from prison.

The earliest Parker could be released from prison is in November.

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