MD - Forbes “30 Under 30” CEO Pava LaPere, 26, found with blunt-force trauma, Baltimore, 25 September 2023

This is utterly horrific. He should have never been out on the streets in the first place. This makes me so mad and angry.
He’s not only taken her life but her parents life as they knew it is over too.
How did he get access to her apartment? She was found inside her apartment, and neighbours say they heard no noise.
It’s not making sense
We just don't know the details of the crime yet, that will come out over time.
 
It's probably too soon for a possible rape charge. They only found her yesterday. I'm sure they are doing exams, gathering evidence.
He's charged with first degree murder, which in Maryland includes murder in the course of another felony. So if there was evidence of SA, that would probably be included in the felony murder charge.

JMO
 
Why such a lack of coverage?
I can’t understand it. Even brian entin isn’t reporting about it.

Can someone explain how someone can be paroled 10 years into a 30 year sentence? I’m not from the US so I’m confused. Are they only supposed to serve a third?
 
BBM.

"Billingsley pleaded guilty to a first-degree sex offense charge in 2015, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison with all but 14 years suspended. Denied parole, he was released in October 2022 on good-time credits, according to parole commission Chairman David R. Blumberg. According to court records, Billingsley previously pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in December 2009 and second-degree assault in June 2011."

 
@justin_fenton


CORRECTION: Mayor misspoke when he said Billingsley was released on parole. Parole Commission chairman David Blumberg tells me Billingsley was in fact DENIED parole, but was required to be released because he had accumulated good time credits. Was not Parole Commission decision.

With good time credits, defendants in MD typically serve about 2/3 of a violent crime sentence, and about 40% of a non-violent sentence. The remaining and suspended time hangs over them as something that could be applied if they violate parole or probation.
 
"DailyMail.com can reveal detectives are probing possible links to an assault and arson attack in West Baltimore on September 19 that left two people in critical condition and a child in the hospital.

The incident began when firefighters responded to smoke billowing from the basement of a townhouse at 9:24am.

They rescued a man and a woman, both aged 26, who had burns and 'multiple injuries', along with a five-year-old child found suffering from smoke inhalation.

A police source told DailyMail.com the attacker had initially targeted the woman, sexually assaulting her and slashing at her throat with a knife.

Asked if Billingsley was considered a suspect, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Police Department told DailyMail.com: 'We can't confirm that.'

She said of the arson incident: 'Officers located a 26-year-old male and an adult female, suffering from multiple injuries. On the upper level of the home, fire personnel located a five-year-old child, unharmed.'"
 
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so will he get life this time and actually stay in for life or will that be withered down for 'good' behaviour in prison and let him out to rape and bludgeon some more?

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According to local Fox45, the company is in the same building as her apartment. Her neighbor didn't hear anything.
are there security cameras? anything that would prevent him from following her in or doing some kind of delivery and staying in the building?

6'4" and 305 lbs... BTW do people think he attacked her because she was famous or just went after anyone anyone he ran across?
 
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BBM.

"...police sources confirmed to DailyMail.com that LaPere's badly-beaten body was found on the roof of her luxury apartment building.

Reaching the area would have potentially meant climbing a ladder or fire escape, the source explained.

The macabre twist raises the possibility that LaPere was either led up there before she was attacked, or that her body was discarded on the roof afterwards to try to hide the crime."
 
Being found on the roof is another bizarre twist to all this.


She was well known within the tech community but to call her "famous" would be a stretch. Imo was likely a crime of opportunity. Sounds like the roof was fairly inaccessible, so no idea what to say about that. Sounds like the murder took place in the apartment. Absolutely horrific story.
 
I'm sitting here thinking about how much she packed into her short life. What an accomplished young woman. Truly impressive what she has done. We lost an extraordinary person.

When the perp was her age, he was in prison for violent crimes.

The difference is striking and, honestly, painful to think about. Lost potential is the theme of this case, imo.

jmo
Agree, her tech startup employed 30 and she helped many others do the same, at such a young age. Loss to that community as well as the city of Baltimore, and of course her family, friends and colleagues.
 
are there security cameras? anything that would prevent him from following her in or doing some kind of delivery and staying in the building?

6'4" and 305 lbs... BTW do people think he attacked her because she was famous or just went after anyone anyone he ran across?
IMO it wasn't targeted.
She could have been in the office or coming or going from the office after hours. She lived on the top floor in the same building her company was located in. It was probably convenient for her to come and go frequently. :(
 
Billingsley was previously arrested in 2013, 2011 and 2009 for multiple charges including sex offense.

"There is no way in Hell he should have been on the streets," Mayor Brandon Scott said.




Billingsley pleaded guilty to a first-degree sex offense in 2015 and received a prison sentence of 30 years with all but 14 years suspended, according to online court records.




Worley said Billingsley was considered armed and dangerous, and was a suspect in “at least one other case” that he declined to describe.

The state corrections department lists Billingsley as a registered sex offender who lives in the 1500 block of Baker Street in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore. According to the department, he was released on Oct. 5, 2022 and is listed as “non-compliant,” though it was unclear why.

 
Can someone explain how someone can be paroled 10 years into a 30 year sentence? I’m not from the US so I’m confused. Are they only supposed to serve a third?

In regards to prisons and release policies, there is no "U.S.". Rather, the US is composed of 50 independent prisons systems (states) plus the federal government, plus some semi autonomous territories such as Puerto Rico.

Each state maintains their own release policies that can get pretty complex. Policies can include "good time" math, early parole opportunities for all, early parole opportunities via education and vocational course completion, releases due to overcrowding etc.

Sometimes the release is mandatory. Other times, its discretionary by a parole board. And... release policies can change frequently as public opinion or governors change.

Sometimes the shift can be obvious as a new governor brings in totally new programs. Some times it can be subtle (same governor administratively changes existing programs to make early release near mandatory- or very difficult to qualify for.

As for violent criminals being released after only 30% of the sentence served..... its not unheard of, especially in certain states.

But.... the federal system requires all prisoners, violent and non violent to serve 85% of their sentence. Federal prisons are nicer, but one stays there longer- far longer when one considers that federal sentences are long to begin with.
 
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