TEEN-AGER'S KILLER DENIED PAROLE.
Byline: Dana Bartholomew Staff Writer
A San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. woman convicted of killing her childhood friend will spend at least two more years behind bars, a state parole board pa`role´ board`
n. 1. A group of individuals with authority to determine whether a prisoner will be granted parole from a particular prison. ruled this week.
A state Board of Prison Terms board denied parole Wednesday for Laura Doyle, now 34, convicted in 1990 of second-degree murder in the 1985 drowning drowning /drown·ing/ (droun´ing) suffocation and death resulting from filling of the lungs with water or other substance.
n asphyxiation because of submersion in a liquid. death of her childhood friend, Michele ``Missy'' Avila, at a remote forest campground.
The two-man board made its decision late Wednesday at a Central Valley prison after hearing testimony from Doyle, the victim's mother and a Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County prosecutor battling her release.
Doyle will next be eligible for parole in 2003, said an official with Valley State Prison for Women The Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) is a female-only state prison in California, USA.
It was opened in April of 1995 on a 640-acre site in the San Joaquin Valley and was designed to hold up to 1,980 inmates. in Chowchilla.
``Our position was that this crime was a deliberate, well-planned torture and execution of Missy and needed to be treated as such,'' said Deputy District Attorney Matthew Monforton.
Avila was slain in 1985, but the truth about her murder in a remote Angeles National Forest The Angeles National Forest (ANF) was established by executive order on December 20, 1892 as the San Gabriel Timberland Reserve. It covers over 2,600 km² (650,000 acres) and is located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County, just north of the metropolitan area of Los canyon did not emerge until years later.
Doyle, then 18, was convicted of joining another childhood friend, Karen Severson, then 17, in cutting off Missy's hair and drowning her in an 8-inch-deep creek after accusing her of having sex with their boyfriends. The two then placed a 100-pound log on her neck. Hikers found her three days later, on Oct. 4, 1985.
During her parole hearing Wednesday, Doyle admitted to coaxing Avila into the water and killing her, Monforton said. She also accused Severson for being the ringleader ring·lead·er
A person who leads others, especially in illicit or informal activities.
a person who leads others in illegal or mischievous actions
Noun 1. and participating in the murder.
Asked if she could name three people from whom she could seek forgiveness, a tearful Doyle listed Irene Avila, Missy's mother; Doyle's mother; and herself.
But not Missy.
``She said if she could do it over again, she'd switch places with Missy so that she could endure the pain,'' Monforton said.
Irene Avila, Missy's mother, was thrilled by the prison board decision.
``I feel great,'' she said. ``I wish it could be more years. She shouldn't be let out, ever. She has no right to be out.''
Ollie Oyle (Member):  3/18/2008 11:24 AM
Does anyone know if she actually did get release? or the co-murderer, if she also got released? - or if their sentences continued, I think the sentencing was 15 to life, so they had to serve a minium of 15yrs, but it's 2008 now - so are they freed??? or is their sentence continued???
I was interested in this crime when I saw the movie "A Killer Among Friends" on TBS last year, I still can't believe it's a true story!