State grants parole for Matthew Solomon, convicted in 1987 murder of newlywed wife

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Matthew Solomon, the man convicted in the Christmas Eve 1987 killing of his newlywed wife, has been granted parole by the state.

A then-23-year-old Solomon had claimed his wife of only six weeks, Lisa Weaver Solomon, went out for a walk and never returned to their apartment. Her body was eventually found in a wooded area.

Solomon later told he police he accidentally strangled her during an argument, and then, in a panic, dumped her body and made up the story that she was missing.

Solomon went on trial for murder. It was televised live in its entirety by News 12 Long Island.

Solomon was convicted of murder and received 18 years to life in prison. Now, after 30 years behind bars, he's about to be freed.

"It's totally disgusting," says Howard Klerk, Lisa's uncle.

Every two years since 2006, when Solomon was first eligible for parole, Klerk would travel to Albany and plead with the parole board to keep Solomon behind bars.

"He's the type that would take on anybody just to get his revenge...yeah, I'm fearful for my family, but not for myself so much," Klerk says. "The way I look at it, if he wants to come after me, bring it on. And he'll be sorry for it."

News 12 also spoke with Lisa's mother over the phone Monday morning.

"I still feel in my heart that he's a very dangerous person," Diane Weaver said of Solomon. "He's a sociopath and a lot of people will need to be careful. I hope the people living in the neighborhood where he goes will know."

Weaver, 86, still visits Lisa's grave on a regular basis.

Kevin Bradbury was living just a couple blocks away from where the Solomons were living at the time of killing. He says he thinks Solomon belongs in prison.

In its decision, the state Board of Parole said Solomon's rehabilitation efforts, in addition to more than 31 years in prison, makes his release "compatible with the welfare and safety of the community." It also said Solomon would be released May 14 at the earliest.

WATCH - Coverage from the Archives: News 12 Long Island's Doug Geed has covered Lisa Weaver Solomon's murder case for decades -- as worried family members searched, as her body was found, as her husband was charged with murder, and as her family fought to keep him locked up. Revisit some of the key moments in the case from over the years.



 

 

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