Child killer James Wales denied parole for 5th time

Published: Sep. 27, 2023 at 2:12 PM EDT
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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Convicted murderer and rapist James B. Wales will remain locked up after failing to be granted parole for a fifth time.

That’s according to Shelly Wood, the sister of Cheri Lindsey, who was Wales’ victim in March 1984. He murdered Cheri, who was 12, while she was working on her paper route on Sturges Street in Binghamton. He was sentenced to 33 and a half years to life in prison for his egregious crime.

In August, Wales sought parole on the basis of medical reasons after previously being denied parole four times in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023. The possibility of him being released for medical reasons drew ire from the Greater Binghamton community. Broome County Sheriff Fred Akshar said he hoped to see Wales die in his cell. Wood said at the time, “[Wales] should not be afforded the luxury he stole from my sister and our family.”

But Wednesday’s announcement was celebrated. Crime Victims Assistance Center CEO Christine Battisti said she was pleased to hear Wales would not be freed.

“The Lindsey Family has shown such unity and strength navigating the criminal justice system over the years and as a victim service provider, we hope this allows others to know that this community is behind you,” Battisti said. “Dealing with a crime as horrific as this can oftentimes divide families, the Lindseys are truly a light of hope for so many. Our thoughts of peace are with them today and always.”

12 News has reached out to the Broome County District Attorney’s Office for more information and is waiting to hear back.

This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for more information.