Sun Valley couple advances in fight to keep son's slayer locked up

CARSON CITY - A Sun Valley couple will get a third chance to deny release of the man who chased down their 18-year-old son and stabbed him to death 10 years ago.

James Greene, 28, has been in prison since 1990 for killing Robert ''Bobby'' Fay after a fight about Fay's red coat and shoes, purchased with his first paycheck from a mining company that had just hired him.

Greene, who had an extensive juvenile record, told police he was a member of a gang represented by the color red and was angry that Fay was wearing the color.

The victim's mother, Jean Ashley, and her husband, Roger, had expected the Nevada Parole Board to give them advance word on any parole hearings. Instead, they got a letter in March saying Greene would be released in August.

Since notice of the parole meeting was sent to a wrong address, the board set another hearing for April 17, but the couple was silenced when they tried to address both Greene and the board.

They objected and Gov. Kenny Guinn requested a third hearing, which was scheduled on Thursday. The couple was told they would be able to speak at the hearing May 19.


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