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Parole Request Denied

Parole Request Denied
By: CJ Cassidy

A new twist to one of Cape Girardeau's most gruesome murder cases.

One of the three men accused in the killings of a mother and her two sons had his first chance to try and get out of prison.

You may remember Sherry, Curtis, and Randy Scheper; slain in their cape home in August 1992.

Gary Lee Roll, who admitted to killing all three victims was executed in 2000.

David Rhodes is serving two consecutive life sentences.

John Browne got life in prison, but Wednesday afternoon, a parole board denied Browne's request for clemency.

That came as disappointing news for Browne's aunt, who thinks her nephew's served enough time for his role in the terrible crime.

"I think everybody deserves a second chance," Delores Mantz says, adding she didn't expect to bring her nephew home with her. Still, she hoped it would happen.

"He's got a lot of remorse. He's done 14 years, and that's really done a number on him," Mantz says.

But Ron Scheper who lost his two sons and their mother, tells me by phone, he'll never forgive Browne for leading Gary Roll and David Rhodes to this house on Henderson street. Prosecutor Morley Swingle remembers why all three men went to the Scheper home that night.

"All three people had the idea they were going to do a robbery of a drug dealer to get his drugs and money," Swingle says.

17-year-old Randy Scheper was a small time drug dealer. His 22-year-old mentally handicapped brother Curtis was Browne's best friend in school.

That fateful night back in 1992, Browne stayed outside as a lookout, as Roll shot and stabbed the Scheper's to death inside.

But Swingle says Browne's fears for his own life, later helped police solve the tragedy. "Browne wore a tape recorder himself without the police being involved and went and talked to Gary Roll, and got him on tape," Swingle says.

That's why Browne only faced second degree murder charges and got one life sentence.

"As a general rule it's an offense where they have to serve at least twelve years after that point it becomes when does the prison system want to let him out," Swingle explains.

Now, Browne's aunt hopes that day comes while she's still alive. John Browne's up for parole again in five years.

"You're always hopeful. Who knows what's gonna happen in five years?" she says.

That was the first triple murder in Cape Girardeau, police can recall.

The Cape Girardeau Police, Missouri Highway Patrol and Major Case Squad all worked on the case.

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