Jacob Wideman, son of author John Edgar Wideman, was denied parole in Arizona on Tuesday for killing a fellow camper when they were 16 in 1986. The decision by a five-member parole board was unanimous.
Wideman, whose family's roots are in Pittsburgh, killed Eric Kane and was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years. Tuesday was his first chance for parole. His bid was supported by his parents and opposed by Kane's family.
The board said Wideman had not sufficiently demonstrated that he had dealt with the problems of his youth to the point where he would no longer be a threat to society. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette