Barlows denied parole

Published 11:26 am Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Parole has been denied for the two Nokomis men who were sentenced for the 1993 murder of a woman and a 12-year-old girl, according to reports.

Shannon Dean Barlow and Franklin Lee Barlow Jr., are serving life sentences, and will be eligible again for parole in 2021.

The Barlow brothers were sentenced for the murder of Kathy Hall Barlow and Angel Hall.

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“We are so relieved but still in frustration that we will have to do it again in five years,” Marsha Maher, Hall’s aunt and cousin, said. “We had a great number of supporters from the community and are so grateful.”

Maher said more than 2,800 supporters signed an online petition to keep the Barlows in jail.

According to Advance archives, on Oct. 10, 1993, Shannon Barlow went out with his brother and Albert Ganoe “Rocky” Beasley. After allegedly consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana, he returned home with the other two and began calling his stepmother. When she (Kathy Hall) opened the door, he shot her in the forehead with a .410-gauge shotgun. He testified that he then entered the home and went to the room of his stepsister, Angel Hall, and shot her in the face with the shotgun. Autopsy reports claimed the girl was also raped – a charge, which the Barlows deny.

Shannon Barlow, 15 at the time of the murders, was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences after a plea agreement with prosecutors. Franklin Barlow was sentenced to two life terms.

As a part of the brothers’ plea deal and after testifying against Beasley, both get parole hearings every five years.