Parole Denied for Blue Light Rapist

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

In 1986 Larry Fisher was sentenced in Lauderdale County to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the rape of Patsy Rivers. Just a few short weeks ago his parole came due.

"You don't count, it don't matter that it was your mother, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah," said River's daughter, Scharlene Horne, of Fisher's parole hearing.

Horne's world was shaken when she learned Fisher was going before the parole board.

"It's just been up and down, it's been turmoil, not knowing which way to go with it," said Horne Saturday in an exclusive interview. "I didn't know whether he was gonna get out or anything."

Larry Fisher used police blue lights to stop unsuspecting female victims and assault them. By the time Fisher was convicted for the rape of Horne's mother he had already been convicted in the murder of another woman supposedly stopped by the blue lights. That conviction was later overturned.

Horne says her mother never got over the murder trial, believing that things could have been different if she had come forward earlier. Horne says she breathed a sigh of relief when she learned that Fisher's parole had been denied.

"All it’s doing is telling me that in five years we gotta tough it out again, and I will not be not heard again, and I'll be rights at their door steps again," said Horne.

Fisher's next parole hearing is in January of 2011.


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