Petition seeks to keep child killer in prison

Posted at 5:42 PM, Mar 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-24 17:42:23-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - A petition circulating through Facebook and endorsed by some current and retired Virginia Beach Police officers aims to convince the Virginia Parole Board to keep child-killer Shawn Novak in prison.

Novak was 16 when he lured two children into woods off Birdneck Road in March, 1991. He slit the throats of 9-year-old Daniel Geier and 7-year-old Scot Weaver.

There was no motive ever revealed, but Novak's friends at the time said he was obsessed with the role-playing game "Dungeons and Dragons," and his defense attorney said Novak was mentally ill.

Novak was sentenced to life in prison in 1992, three years before Virginia abolished parole.

Novak, who is now 40, was first eligible for parole in 2012, but was denied. The boys' parents convinced the parole board not to hear Novak's case again for three years.

Now, a petition is circulating through social media, gathering nearly 2,500 signatures.

It is asking the Virginia Parole Board to again deny freedom for Novak.