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Oregon family fights to keep killer behind bars

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A local family is fighting with all they have left to prevent the release of a convicted killer.

Conrad Engweiler was convicted as a 15 year old for the rape and murder of his high school classmate Erin Reynolds.

FOX 12 has learned Engweiler may be nearing the end of his prison sentence if the state parole board votes his way.

But, Reynolds' family says not if they have anything to do with it.

"It's just tearing us all apart. None of us thought it would come this soon," said Reynolds' sister Beth Greear.

Engweiler was convicted of aggravated murder in 1991 and given a life term that carried a 30-year minimum.

But, Engweiler continues to look for legal loopholes to be set free sooner.

The latest has landed him a parole hearing in which the board could potentially set a new release date.

"We are all frustrated, we are all angry. It's like they put a number on the worth of my sister, it's like she was only worth 24 years," said Greear.

Greear says during an exit interview, Engweiler will talk with the board about the murder, how he's changed since that day 20 years ago and what he would do if released. Greear says in her mind, Engweiler will never change.

"I personally think he's the devil. I think he's a horrible person and I don't think you can change that in a person," said Greear.

In the coming days before the hearing Greear says she's preparing for what can only be another emotional day in court.

Her hope is that the parole board hears her family's plea to keep Engweiler behind bars.

"I think that he should draw his last breath behind bars where he can't harm anybody else," said Greear.

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