On an August 1986 night, Jacob Edgar Wideman stabbed Eric Kane while he was asleep. Both men were sixteen at the time the crime was committed. Mr. Wideman was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
"It was not premeditated," Mr. Wideman had told police. "It was the buildup of a lot of emotions. I never thought about what I did." He also indicated to police that the crime was a result of a "tough year."
Mr. Wideman spoke via telephone with the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, where he asked the board for a second chance. The board denied his request for parole.
Mr. Wideman, who is now 41-years-old, told the board that the murder "has weighed on me for 25 years."
The victim's mother, Louise Kane, called Mr. Wideman a "sociopath."
"Anyone who could kill for no reason at all, other than that he had violent thoughts and impulses shouldn't be in society," Mrs. Kane said.
Sandy Kane, the victim's father, has expressed concern over the fact that Mr. Wideman can apply for parole again in a year.