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Killer convicted at age 14 can now ask for parole

Killer convicted at age 14 can now ask for parole

By Adam Lynn/The News Tribune
Associated Press

Paul Wang

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – Barry Massey was 14 when he became the youngest person in the United States ever sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Massey was convicted of killing Steilacoom marina owner Paul Wang in 1987. On June 6, Superior Court Judge Thomas Larkin erased Barry Massey’s original sentence and resentenced him to 25 years to life. Read the full story

Posted in Features 25, National News, Vol 33 No 25 | 6/14-6/20Comments (2)

Wang family to revisit patriarch’s gruesome murder at clemency hearing

Wang family to revisit patriarch’s gruesome murder at clemency hearing

Editor’s note: This story was chosen as one of our top 12 in 2010. We reported on Barry Massey’s and Michael Edward Harris’ clemency hearing before they occurred. On Dec. 16, both Massey’s and Harris’ petitions were rejected by the Clemency Board.

By Stacy Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

The Steilacoom Marina where Paul Wang worked before he was murdered in 1987 (Photos provided by www.barrymasseykiller.com)

More than 20 years ago, Shirley Wang’s life was irrevocably changed when a pair of teenage boys killed her husband.

On Jan. 10, 1987, 13-year-old Barry Massey and his friend, 15-year-old Michael Edward Harris, entered Steilacoom Marina and shot its owner, Paul Wang, in the chest, then in the head. They stole $140, candy, and some fishing poles. They also used a fishing knife to stab Wang seven times in the head and torso. Wang was 41 at the time.

Massey and Harris are currently serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. At the time Massey was convicted, in 1987, he was the youngest person in the United States to be tried and convicted as an adult for aggravated first degree murder. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Vol 29 No 50 | 12/11-12/17Comments (3)

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