Convicted rapist and murderer, Samuel Galbraith, 47, was to come before the state parole board on August 3. But he has withdrawn the request, granted on July 19.

Thus far, Galbraith, originally from Texas, has served 20 years for the rape and murder of Karen Eads Hill in 1988, for which he was convicted in 2000. 

Prosecutors said that on the night of November 21, 1988, Galbraith abducted Hill from her job at a convenience store on Entrance Road in Leesville. He took her 10 miles away to Kisatchie National Forest. There, he raped her, tied her to a tree with a shoe lace, and shot her in the left eye with a .22.

The case went unsolved for nine years.

In 1997, Galbraith bragged to the wrong person who went to authorities. He was extradited from Texas to Louisiana.

Before a trial was held, Galbraith plead guilty to raping and murdering Hill, when DNA evidence linked him to the crime.

With more than a decade between crime and conviction, Skinner said some key evidence had been lost by the State Crime Lab. Despite a First Degree Murder charge, Galbraith entered a plea deal for Manslaughter and Attempted Aggravated Rape, with a 71-year sentence.

Last November, Galbraith was nearly set free, due to a relatively new law. It grants first-time felony offenders eligibility for parole at the age of 45, after serving 20 years of their sentence. His original sentence stipulated that he serve at least 85 percent of 71 years in prison.

The board granted parole based on Galbraith's good conduct, community service, completion of various rehabilitation programs, and having a strong family support system.

His parole was was rescinded just two days before he was released, because technicality.

The victim's mother, Jesse McWilliams, stated that her notification letter for the parole hearing was mailed to an address in Albany, New York, instead of her actual address in Albany, Illinois.

This discrepancy caused the board to reschedule a subsequent parole hearing for Galbraith. This was meant to ensure that McWilliams and Vernon Parish District Attorney Asa Skinner, would have the opportunity to fully participate in the process.

Galbraith is currently serving his 71-year sentence at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, Louisiana.

He will have the option to request parole again in two years, said Skinner.