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Murder victim's family starts letter writing campaign to keep killer behind bars

SPOKANE, Wash. - The man convicted of the 1982 murder of a Spokane teenager is set to appear before the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board in April after serving 13 years of a 20 year sentence. 

DNA evidence connected Arbie Dean Williams to the murder of Linda Strait 22 years after the teen was found dead near Plantes Ferry Park. She disappeared while on a trip to the grocery store. 

Court documents indicate there was evidence Linda was raped but Williams was not charged with a sexual assault offense. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder in 2006 and was given a 20-year maximum sentence with the possibility of parole. 

When Williams was charged with Strait's death, he was already serving time at McNeil Island Corrections Center for kidnapping two girls and raping one of them in 1983, a year after Strait's death. 

Williams is serving his sentence at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center and is scheduled to appear before the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board in April. 

Strait's family has started a campaign called "Justice for Linda Strait" to keep Williams behind bars for the remainder of his sentence. They are calling for community letters to the ISRB asking the board not to parole Williams. 

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