Former Penn prof who killed wife set to be paroled

January 17, 2013 5:03:41 AM PST
A former University of Pennsylvania professor who pleaded guilty to beating his wife to death as she wrapped Christmas presents is set to be paroled.

Rafael Robb was sentenced in December 2008 to 5 to 10 years in prison in the December 2006 death of his wife, Ellen, in suburban Philadelphia. Robb pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2007.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says she recently learned that Robb is set to be released on parole later this month. She says she's asked the state parole board to reconsider the decision.

Ferman says she thinks it's the wrong decision and that the board did not fully consider all the issues surrounding the case.

Robb said in court that the killing happened in "a moment of madness."