Matthew Solomon up for parole again in 1987 murder

A man convicted of killing his newlywed wife 28 years ago is once again up for parole, and her family is fighting to keep him behind bars.



Diane Weaver says that she's pleaded with state parole officials six times in the past three decades to keep Matthew Solomon imprisoned.



Solomon was convicted of murdering Weaver's 22-year-old daughter, Lisa Weaver, when they'd been married for just eight weeks.



Solomon strangled Weaver during a Christmas Eve argument in 1987. He then dumped her body in a wooded area and claimed she had disappeared.



Solomon received a prison sentence of 18 years to life. He has been denied parole five times.



"He actually to me is a man without a soul," Weaver says. "He couldn't do those things and have a soul."



News 12's Doug Geed has written to Solomon in prison several times over the years requesting an interview. Solomon never replied to those requests, but a representative of a group pushing for his release says that after more than 25 years of imprisonment, supporters believe he's done his time.



"We're taught to forgive," says Suzan Arsenault, who lives upstate in Binghamton but visited Solomon in prison after meeting his brother, her local pastor. "Granted we'll never forget, but we can forgive."



Arsenault says she believes that Solomon has changed his ways. Diane Weaver disagrees.



"He's such a manipulator," Weaver says. "Matthew Solomon knows exactly how to act."



Solomon is expected to appear before a parole board next week.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."