Sparks mother battles to keep daughter's killer behind bars

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Updated: 1/31/2013 6:33 pm
Sparks--(NV) For more than two decades a Sparks mother has led the crusade to keep her daughter's killer behind bars. His name is Simon Macias and next Thursday he will go in front of the Nevada Parole Board for the 7th time to ask for his freedom.

It's something Carol Nicoletti is willing to do just about anything to stop.
"So very important to keep this evil off the streets."
It's been 22 years since Nicoletti saw her 19 year old daughter Susan.
On May 23rd 1992 she was brutally murdered in Henderson Nevada by her husband of one year Simon Macias.
"He's just ripped my heart out, I miss miss my daugter, she didn't deserve that and taping her up, stabbing her, and putting her in garbage bags."

Mishandling of key evidence during a botched investigation lead to prosecuters giving Macias a plea deal for second degree murder in 1993. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibilty of parole.
For Nicoletti, Macias's sentence has meant a sentence of her own, having to collect thousands of signatures and letters every 2 to 3 years to present to the parole board in hopes of keeping Macias off the streets.
"I've been very, very sad and at this point I'm terrified.

Through the devastation of losing her daughter, illness, and a mental breakdown she has gone door to door since 1993 telling Susan's story.
She says her family is not the only one who is at risk if Macias gets out of prison.

"I'm not stopping. This is very important to me for everyone's saftety not just for my own family but for everyone's safety."

For the upcoming parole hearing on February 7th, Nicoletti has collected 9 thousand signatures to present.

"Nicole came to me and asked me...she said grandma, you've had surgery, hard times, I want to help."
Sadly this crusade has become a family affair, with her granddauger Nicole Figeley creating a website called "Justice for Susan" where the public can sign a petition.

Figeley was just 3 years old when her aunt Susan was murdered.

She says she remembers her well and says she was a victim of Simon Macias too.

Child abuse charges were filed against him when camera film was found with pornogrphic pictures but the district attorney decided not to prosecute after the pictures were lost.

Figeley says, "The sexual abuse charges that got dropped was against me and my sister...and so it's scary because there are certain things we remember and the fact that we were so young we thought it was just a game...it's just scary...hearing that he can be released and happen to someone else."

No matter how many signatures or letters Carol Nicoletti can collect with her family she acknowleges nothing can mend the hole in her heart she feels for her daughter Susan.

"I miss seeing her walk into the room with her big dimples and smile...
She would of done anything for anybody."

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Coleyann - 2/3/2013 8:08 PM
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The petition is not linked to anything other than what you see , this petition will be printed out this Wednesday and only the numbers will b submitted to the parole board . I thank everyone for their support .

roseanya - 2/3/2013 8:03 PM
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Absolute shame that so many parole decisions are to let them out so they can stay within budget. Absolute shame.

AllAlphas - 2/2/2013 2:18 PM
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Be careful when you sign this petition as it is also a front for an organization called Mayors Against Illegal Guns. It is a shame that such a reasonable effort to keep a killer in jail has to be politicized by whoever set up the petition website..............
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