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Slain woman's sister fights to keep her killer behind bars

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KALISPELL - A man convicted of slaying his wife at a Kalispell bowling alley in 1979 is up for parole.

MTN News spoke with the victim's sister, Sharon Snell, who must relive that painful death every each time the killer is up for parole. 

Although Karen Forsyth, 30, was murdered almost 40 years ago, her family has to relive her painful death every five years when her killer is up for parole.

“She would have loved to be like an Honors English teacher, she loved kids. She just was a, you know, an amazing person that way, she was very smart," Snell said.

Karen's final resting place is at Glacier Memorial Cemetery and would have turned 69-years-old in July.

Police found Karen's body with a bullet wound in the head at the Skyline Bowl in Kalispell on December 11, 1979. Her husband Jerry Forsythe, was convicted of her murder in 1986 and sentenced to 110 years in prison.

“He's in a very good place for him, a person like that. Calculating and cold.  Not a nice man, he's an animal," Snell said.

Now she's fighting for him to stay in prison. Snell is speaking out against her sister's killer every time he is up for parole every five years and vows to continue that legacy.

“I hope he stays right where he is at and I would love it if people would write letters even if it is just a few words saying keep him in prison," Snell told MTN News.

The parole hearing is set for May 23. Letters can be sent: Montana State Board of Pardons and Parole, 1002 Hollenbeck Road, Deer Lodge, Montana 59722.

(Editor's note: We inadvertently initially referred to the victim as Karen Snell. Her name at the time of her death was Karen Forsythe.)

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