Notorious child rapist and murderer Angel Colon will remain in Wende state prison for at least two more years after a parole board this week denied his request for early release.
Colon is serving a 25 year to life sentence for the Feb. 25, 1997 rape and murder of Samantha Nicole Zaldivar, who turned seven just two weeks before.
Colon’s first parole hearing was in May. The denial was expected as the crime was a particularly heinous one. Colon was living with his girlfriend, Rachel Stra, in a trailer in Hermitage, along with Stra’s three children.
Samantha was reported missing the next day when she failed to show up for the school bus. Her body was found in a shallow grave in a nearby farm field on May 23.
Colon was arrested and charged with capital murder. Stra was charged with hindering prosecution for lying to protect Colon, though both she and Colon denied that she knew what happened to her daughter.
Colon eventually accepted a plea deal in an effort to avoid the death penalty, which was in effect in New York in 1997.
He currently is serving at Wende Correctional Facility and is scheduled for another parole hearing in May 2024.