Family of 1985 triple murder victims protest potential parole

Published: Mar. 26, 2018 at 3:22 PM AKDT
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It's a haunting story, but the Anchorage family of three people killed – in a 1985 execution style murder – says it's essential that they reshare their story to protect others.

Tamera Lienhart and Cindy Arnold are sisters. And they still clearly remember April 22, 1985: The day they found out their grandparents, 67-year-old Tom Faccio and 70-year-old Ann Faccio, along with her sister, 76-year-old Emelia Elliot, were killed execution style, in their Russian Jack area home.

The sisters say it started with a knock on the door and a teenage girl asking for help.

"They were just eating dinner", recalls Arnold. "And they were senselessly slaughtered for no reason. For no reason, because they answered the door to help somebody."

Two teenagers, 14-year-old Winona Fletcher and 19-year-old Cordell Boyd, were charged with the triple murder.

Fletcher originally received a 297 year sentence, which was later reduced to 135 years. She will be eligible for parole at 60. Boyd was sentenced to 99 years and served about one-third of his sentence.

The sisters say they were shocked to hear that Boyd, now 52-years-old, is already up for discretionary parole. The hearing is set for April 5, but they shared their doubts that Boyd is a changed man.

"My first reaction was 'I hope so,' but do you want to take that chance?" Lienhart went on to say, "Do you want him to be your next door neighbor? Because chances are, he's going to be one of our next door neighbors – and I honestly don't."

Channel 2 News sent a request, through Goose Creek Correctional, to talk to Cordell Boyd in order to hear his side of the story. So far, the station has not received a response .

Lienhart and Arnold say they hope locals will contact the parole board with concerns. Additionally, the sisters say they want the community to remember their loved ones not as murder victims, but instead as remarkable Anchorage pioneers and longtime residents since the 40s.