- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - Relatives of a slain New Jersey girl are worried because the man convicted of sexually assaulting and killing her in 1985 is getting out of prison without parole.

Shawn Milne is set to walk out of South Woods State Prison on Saturday. The 45-year-old plans to live with his brother in Garfield and will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

Milne was 15 years old when authorities say he sexually assaulted and beat a neighbor, 13-year-old Barbara Harrison, of Toms River. Her body was placed in a creek.

Milne claimed the girl attacked him with a knife.

The girl’s mother, Marianne Harrison, told the Asbury Park Press (https://on.app.com/20QX3B6 ) she’s afraid something is going to happen to someone else when Milne leaves prison after 30 years.

“I don’t think he’s just going to sit back,” Harrison said.

Milne won’t be under parole supervision because he has enough credits for good behavior that he doesn’t have to serve any of a 20-year sentence for the sexual assault, according to Matt Schuman, spokesman for the state Corrections Department.

Milne declined to be interviewed by the newspaper. The attorney who represented him at his trial in 1987, Bonnie Richman Peterson, did not respond to a request for an interview.

Barbara Harrison’s body was found about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 1985. She was pronounced dead the next day.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com

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