Parole denied for man who killed his estranged wife and a teenage girl

Larry Covington/SC Department of Corrections

The South Carolina Board of Paroles and Pardons denied parole Wednesday for Larry Covington,


He was sentenced to two life sentences plus 20 years in prison in 1993 for killing his wife, Emma Jean McCall, 36, and her cousin, Adrian Wilson,19, at a home on Community Road in Marlboro County on December 22, 1992.

The board denied Covington's parole due to the nature and seriousness of the crimes, indication of violence in the crimes and use of a deadly weapon.

The victims relatives questioned the parole board as to why Covington was even up for parole when he got life in prison.

"With two life sentences plus 20 years


we thought that we would never have to come to the parole hearing for him," said Barbara Baker

a member of the victims'

Peter O'Boyle with the SC Probation, Parole and Pardon Services says before 1996, one could get parole with a life sentence.

O'Boyle says the Truth In Sentencing Bill was passed in our state in 1996 and abolished parole for criminals with life sentences.

Covington was grandfathered in under the law before it changed and can still possibly be released from prison on parole.

The victims


relatives say they're thankful Covington's parole was denied, but can only hold their breath.

"Our family is at peace


for right now," said Baker.

O'Boyle says Covington can petition for a parole again in another year.