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Updated: Parole Denied for Convicted Del. Murderer

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Peggy Brockway, the mother of a murder victim, prepares to speak to WBOC about emotional appeal to parole board (Photo: WBOC) Peggy Brockway, the mother of a murder victim, prepares to speak to WBOC about emotional appeal to parole board (Photo: WBOC)

Update to below story: On Thursday, Oct. 1, parole was denied for a sixth time for convicted murderer Ransford Bryan. 

LEWES, Del. - It's been nearly three decades since police said Ransford Bryan shot and killed 18-year old Dougie Brockway in Sussex County. But for mother, Peggy Brockway, the memories are still very fresh. 

"His smile," she said. "He had this smile that kind of took you in." 

The year was 1987, and Bryan had just been kicked out of his home by his own family. In order to help, the young 18-year old, Brockway, asked his mother if they could invite him in to help. Soon after he moved in though, Dougie became suspicious that his friend was stealing from his bank accounts, and so he alerted authorities. 

It was soon after this that Bryan invited the 18-year-old out to go hunting. Dougie would never return from the hunt. 

"He shot Dougie in the base of his head," said Brockway. "Blowing his head apart. And then shot him two more times. He was dead the first time. But he shot him two more times." 

Years later, Brockway is left with nothing but photos and memories of her beloved child. And on Tuesday, she had an especially emotional day. That's because for the sixth time, Bryan was up for parole. Just as she had done at every other hearing, Brockway was there to plead for him to stay in prison.

"My son's gone," Brockway said. "He's not coming back. Keeping Randy in jail is not going to bring my son back. But keeping him there will prevent it from happening to someone else." 

At the hearing, Brockway presented a petition, with more than 1,000 signatures calling for Bryan to stay in prison.

"He's a danger to anybody," she said. "If he would do that to somebody that tried to help him, what's he going to do to somebody that makes him angry or gets in his way?" 

WBOC reached out to the parole board on Tuesday, but it did not offer a comment on the process. Brockway said a decision is expected by Wednesday. 

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