Victim's mother horrified by parole prospect

On the eve of a parole hearing for one of the highest-profile criminals in recent Long Island history, a slain woman's mother told News 12 Long Island Matthew Solomon should never be released. Diane

News 12 Staff

Oct 18, 2007, 10:42 PM

Updated 6,124 days ago

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On the eve of a parole hearing for one of the highest-profile criminals in recent Long Island history, a slain woman's mother told News 12 Long Island Matthew Solomon should never be released.
Diane Weaver said that in 20 years since her daughter, Lisa Weaver Solomon, was murdered, the heartache has never left her.
"It's a whole different life. You're never yourself again," Weaver said. "There's a piece of your heart that's missing and it never goes away."
On Christmas Eve, 1987, Matthew Solomon reported his wife of eight weeks went for a walk and never returned to their Huntington Station apartment. He helped police lead search parties and at one point made a public plea for his wife's safe return.
"Please don't hurt her," he said at the time. "Please don't do anything rash."
For Lisa, however, it was too late. Her body was discovered in a field on Pulaski Road in Huntington, and Solomon later admitted that he had killed her.
Solomon told police he accidentally strangled Lisa on Christmas Eve after an argument, and proceeded to stuff and dispose of her body in garbage bags.
At a parole hearing two years ago, a transcript of his testimony reports Solomon as saying, "The fact is that I am not the same person that I was then. I'm not the immature person that I was back then."
Weaver believes that couldn't be farther from the truth and that Solomon hasn't shown remorse for what he did. She said he told the parole board that he still loved Lisa, and yet he has gotten married multiple times while in prison.
"Not only did he murder my daughter, he has no control," Weaver said. "He's a womanizer. I think any woman he gets in contact with is in great danger and I don't want this to ever, ever happen again. I don't want anybody to ever have to go through what we went through."
An interview request sent to Solomon went unanswered.
The Parole Board hearing is scheduled for Friday in Albany.
To watch the complete exclusive interview with the murder victim's mother in the Matthew Solomon case, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.


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