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TEEN-AGER'S KILLER DENIED PAROLE.

Byline: Dana Bartholomew Staff Writer

A San Fernando Valley woman convicted of killing her childhood friend will spend at least two more years behind bars, a state parole board 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 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 County prosecutor battling her release.

Doyle will next be eligible for parole in 2003, said an official with Valley State Prison for Women 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 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 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.''
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OllieOyle
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!

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