"This crime is just so heinous that it's hard to justify release," she said. "I'm not sure if you can manage your mental illness in the community."
Hines apologized to the Armstrongs, saying he wished he could take back what he did.
"I would like to get out one day, but that's not my place (to decide)," he said. "I'm genuinely sorry for what I've put you and your family through. Please know if I could trade places with you, I would in a heartbeat."
In an interview Thursday, Tracy Armstrong said he was "extremely pleased" by the board's decision not to release Hines any time soon.
"Knowing that he won't be out to do this to anybody else is very satisfying," Armstrong said, adding that he doubts Hines' condition will ever improve in prison. "My feeling is if he gets out he'll (try to) kill again."
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