CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man jailed for nearly 10 years for killing his girlfriend’s 5-week-old baby in 1983 will be released on parole, the state’s parole board has ruled.
The Concord Monitor reported that the state parole board ruled Thursday that George Knickerbocker, now 54, will be released in January.
Knickerbocker was convicted of killing Adam Robbins in 1983. The baby died of a fractured skull and other injuries suffered while Knickerbocker was taking care of him.
Knickerbocker was charged in 2002 and convicted of manslaughter in 2006. He was sentenced to 12-24 years in prison with three years credit for time served.
A judge knocked two more years off when Knickerbocker completed a substance treatment program.
The board asked Adam’s mother Denise Dow when she thought Knickerbocker should be freed.
“When he’s man enough to say exactly what he did,” she said.
At the hearing Thursday, parole board member Jeffrey Brown said Knickerbocker should never forget the child he killed.
“You’re going to have to make up for that every damn day, do you understand?” Brown said.
Adam died Feb. 18, 1983. Knickerbocker was originally charged with second-degree murder but in 2006, a jury convicted him of a lesser charge of manslaughter.
Thursday’s hearing was the first time Knickerbocker was eligible for parole. The board based its decision to release Knickerbocker on the steps he took in prison to better himself, the family support he has and the remorse he has shown.
“During the time I’ve been incarcerated, I’ve tried to better myself and help others,” he said. “I’m very sorry for all the pain and suffering I’ve caused.”