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Richmond shooting victim fights against parole of killer

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Kenneth Woodfin, who killed three people and shot two police officers, is up for parole in June. Kenneth Woodfin, who killed three people and shot two police officers, is up for parole in June.
Former Richmond Police officer Cheryl Nici still bears the scars of Woodfin's violent rampage. Former Richmond Police officer Cheryl Nici still bears the scars of Woodfin's violent rampage.
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A killer, whose trail of violence left Central Virginia on edge for days almost three decades ago, could be out of prison soon. Kenneth Woodfin, who killed three people and shot two police officers, is up for parole in June. He will have a face-to-face interview on why he should be granted parole. Then, the parole board will make a decision.

Almost thirty years later, fear still runs through Cheryl Nici's mind when she thinks of Kenneth Woodfin. She still bears the scars of his violent rampage.

"There's no doubt in my mind that if he's let out he will try to finish what he started," the former Richmond Police Officer said.

What he started began in October of 1984. A headline from that time reads: "Area man hunted as killer of three." Woodfin murdered his wife, sister-in-law and best friend before ambushing a sheriff's deputy in a crime spree that spanned multiple jurisdictions.

He would come into Nici's life a day after the last shooting, while she was working off-duty at the downtown Marriott.

"Ironically I had a wanted poster with a picture of him in my back pocket," she recalls.

The man on that poster would change her life forever.

"The bullet entered right here, went down through my mouth and lodged an eighth of an inch from my carotid," Nici described. "My doctors called me ‘Miracle Girl.' Nobody expected me to live."

But she did survive and she testified in court. Woodfin is serving several life sentences.

The Virginia Parole Board says there are multiple reasons Woodfin was denied parole the last time around. They include the serious nature of the crime, his history of violence, the risk to the community and that release would diminish the serious nature of the crime.

Nici, though, worries this time could be different.

"The state of Virginia is trying to release as many inmates as possible once they reach the age of 60," she added. "He's a prime candidate."

Nici hopes thousands of letters, a Facebook page and website will influence the board.

We have put in a request to interview Woodfin with the Department of Corrections, but we are still waiting to hear if he will talk to us. During his trial back in the eighties, he pleaded not guilty and denied everything.

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