Victim's family wants to keep killer behind bars

Victim's family wants to keep killer behind bars

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) - The Shoals teen convicted of stabbing a 14-year-old at a 2012 house party could soon be released.

Autumn Wood, who was 17 at the time of the stabbing, has a parole hearing in two weeks. The victim's family says they're doing all they can to keep Wood behind bars.

As with most family's who've lost loved ones to violent crimes they say they can never fully get closure.

Every time they take a step forward something new seems to happen with the case and old wounds are re-opened.

"it's something we'll never be able to get past but when you do get a little bit of peace it seems like it comes back to haunt you like you have to re-live it again," said Brooklyn's Uncle Steven Keeton.

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Her killer, Autumn Wood, was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison for manslaughter, time Hollins' family says isn't enough, but needs to be served entirely.

"There's nothing to do to make it right," said Keeton, "she needs to serve her time, that's all we're asking for is to serve her whole sentence."

They fear what could happen if she's let out too soon.

"Who knows she may get out and harm somebody else," said Keeton.

Despite the pains of the past-- Hollins' family works year round to keep her spirit alive.

They say they'll never stop fighting for justice for Brooklyn.

"I believe she'd be very proud, even as hard as it is to keep trying to get more involved with it to re-live it, that's what she would want she wouldn't stop for one of us if she was in our shoes."
 
The family is asking for help from the community to sign a petition or send a letter to keep Autumn Wood behind bars.

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