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Family fights to keep daughter’s killer behind bars nearly 30 years after teen’s murder

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BEREA, Ohio – Nearly 30 years after Robyn Star Field’s murder, her family is fighting to keep the Berea teenager’s killer from being set free. They’ll meet with the state parole board Friday to make their case to keep Warren Paxton Brown, 44, behind bars.

“I would just hate for him to be out and do this to another family,” said Nancy Lee Field, Robyn’s mother, fighting back tears. “A parent shouldn’t have to bury their child.”

Robyn was just 13 years old when she was murdered in 1986. Brown, a 15-year-old neighbor on Wallace Drive, lured Robyn to his house after she got off the school bus, where he beat and strangled her in his bedroom.

Though her family says they were not officially dating, they had been seeing each other.

“I think she became afraid of him and wanted to get away from him, and he didn’t want to let her go,” Lee said.

Along with his aunt, Charlene Murphy, Brown loaded Robyn’s body into the back of a station wagon, stopping to ask her family about search efforts, before dumping the body near Rocky River in Strongsville’s Mill Stream Run Reservation.

“He has no idea how much damage he did, how many people he hurt by taking Robyn’s life,” said Robyn’s step-brother, Rick Schultz.

Brown has served 28 years of a 20 year to life prison sentence. This is his third time going before the parole board; release was previously denied.

Brown posted a statement and video interview with his attorney here. He also posts a link to a petition for his release. Brown will make his case to the parole board in February.

“I created this website to publicly take responsibility for my crime to make it clear that I am sincerely remorseful for my actions,” Brown wrote in an online post. Brown’s attorney told FOX 8 News prison has changed him.

Robyn’s family says they don’t believe Brown is truly remorseful and say they will continue to fight to keep him locked up.

“I know when he’s in there, it has to be frustrating for him, but it’s frustrating for me to have to go to the cemetery to see her,” Field said.

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