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Parole denied for men convicted of 27-year-old rape

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Parole was denied Tuesday morning for three men serving prison time for the gang rape of a Birmingham woman 27 years ago. 

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole denied parole Tuesday for Stanley Wilson and brothers Kenneth and Michael Thornton. The three men were convicted of kidnapping and torturing Wanda Jones Miller in August 1983 from Baby Doe's restaurant.

The Thorntons are each serving 40-year sentences and Wilson is serving a life sentence.

During Tuesday's parole hearing, Miller and her husband, Bill, spoke to the board. Wanda Miller said she wants to see them serve the entire sentence.

"Not a day goes by that it doesn't affect me," Miller said.

Miller's husband said the rape and torture still haunts his wife 27 years later.

"She dreams in her sleep at night, reliving it," Bill Miller said.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King was also at the hearing, asking the parole board to deny parole.

"To give mercy to the guilty is the same as giving cruelty to the innocent," King said.

Representatives from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the Jefferson County District Attorney's office were also on hand Tuesday to protest the parole.

Family of Wilson and the Thorntons were on hand asking for parole, as were pastors and non-profit groups who said they would help the men when they got out of prison.

The three were part of a group of seven men who raped and tortured Miller for hours before abandoning her in Roebuck.  Miller was unable to identify the other four.

Wilson and the Thornton brothers will be eligible for parole again in 2015.

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