CLAY COUNTY, Ky. – 25 years after a brutal crime in Clay County, a woman serving a life sentencing for kidnapping and killing her stepson may get out of prison.
Stephanie Spitser will face a parole board on Wednesday. Spitser took Scotty Baker from his school in Clay County back in 1992. Police say she then strangled him before burning and burying his body in Laurel County to hide the crime.
On Monday, the boy’s biological mother, Ruth Rose, and other members of his family went in front of the parole board asking them to keep Spitser in prison.
“As he was begging to get out of the car this thing came from the backseat, reached over, got him by the neck and pulled him across the seat. And while he kicked the dashboard out of the car, she choked him to death. That’s what I think about every day of my life,” Ruth Rose told the board. “I demand that she serves her life sentence.”
On Wednesday morning, Spitser will have the chance to meet with two members of the parole board via video conference. Those two members can either grant her parole or defer it for five years. Because Spitser is serving a life sentence, there is a third option available. If the two members who hear Spitser’s case feel as if she should never be eligible for parole, the case can then go before the full board to make that decision.
Another woman convicted of reckless homicide and kidnapping in the case was sentenced to 25 years. She was released in 2008.