One of two men serving life sentences for the 1983 murders of five people abducted from a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Kilgore was denied parole Tuesday by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Romeo Pinkerton, 60, will be up for parole again in May 2024, the website for the state prison system shows. That’s one year after his cousin and co-defendant, 58-year-old Darnell Hartsfield, gets his next parole hearing in January 2023.
Pinkerton, serving his sentence in the Allred Unit near Wichita Falls, was convicted in 2007 of the five murders. Hartsfield was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in September 2008.
Pinkerton first became eligible for parole in April 2014.
Both were ultimately convicted of abducting the five people from a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, driving them to a remote oil field road and shooting them to death.
A third suspect remains at large in the deaths of Mary Tyler, 37, Opie Ann Hughes, 39, Joey Johnson, 20, David Maxwell, 20, and Monte Landers, 19.
The Sept. 23, 1983, murders went unsolved for decades until DNA testing in 2001 pointed at the two cousins.
Pinkerton pleaded guilty in the third week of his 2007 trial, and Hartsfield was convicted in September 2008.