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Mother Pleads with Parole Board to Keep Daughter's Killer in Prison

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A Sparks mother will appear before a parole board for the seventh time, asking them to keep the man who killed her daughter behind bars. Simon Marcias is serving life in prison with the possibility of parole for the murder of Susan Figeley-Marcias near Las Vegas.

Carol Nicoletti remembers her daughter as a compassionate person. "Absolutely wonderful, she had the biggest dimply smile and would do anything for anyone," said Nicoletti. Susan was 19 years old when her husband murdered her on May 23rd, 1992.  "He stabbed her, duct taped her and put her in garbage bags, took her and put her in an area where he used to live," says Nicoletti.

Simon Marcias has come up for parole every two to three years since 1993 when he was convicted of second degree murder. And each time, it takes a toll on Susan's family. Nicoletti and her granddaughter Nicole Figeley are organizing their paperwork, preparing for Thursday's parole hearing. Each time this happens, Nicoletti has to re-live her daughter's ordeal. "I have nightmares about it and I see her looking up at him begging for her life."

Nicole Figeley has been collecting signatures and appearing before parole boards for her Aunt Susan since she can remember. She was 3 1/2 when Susan was killed. "I just decided this was the year that I was going to help out and help my grandma. She hasn't been able to cover as much ground as she has prior," Figeley said. 

Nicole and Carol have gathered more than 20,000 signatures, started a Facebook page and collected letters -- all opposing Marcias' parole. Even with all that support, it's a tough week for Nicole. "It's not only affected our lives, but it's affected our holidays. Anyone who has lost a loved one knows the effect it can have on a family," she said. 

With Marcias coming up for parole every few years, Nicole knows this won't be the last time. "The older I get, the more I realize this is going to continue forever," she said.

During every parole hearing, Carol has to confront the horror of her daughter's murder. "I'm afraid," she said. "I'm almost 69 years old and I don't want to spend what years I have left looking over my shoulder, wondering what's going to happen next." 

The parole hearing is Thursday, February 7th at 8:15 am. Marcias is incarcerated in Lovelock, but Susan's family will appear in Carson City, and plead their case via video conference. They'll find out if Marcias will be paroled or not, seven to ten days after the hearing. 

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Written by Jennifer Burton

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