The family of a 13-year-old Valley Stream girl murdered by a neighbor in 1989 have started a petition to keep her killer behind bars.
Robert Golub, who was 21 when he was convicted of beating, sexually assaulting and strangling Kelly Tinyes, will soon be up for parole. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. The Tinyes family’s petition calls on the New York State Parole Board to deny Golub’s request.
“[Robert Golub] is where he belongs. He is where he should die,” reads the petition. “Please help us make sure that he will never be freed from his prison, just as we can never be freed from the pain and inconsolable grief his actions have caused our family. Robert Golub has never shown remorse or any human emotion for what he has done and we believe he would murder again if given the chance.”
The parole board will hear testimony from 14 members of the Tinyes family on Oct. 18.
On March 3, 1989, Kelly Tinyes was babysitting her younger brother after school in the family's home in the Gibson neighborhood of Valley Stream when the phone rang, according to the petition. She told her brother she was going to see a friend and went three doors down on Horton Road to the Golub home.
Kelly Tinyes was never seen alive again. Her body was discovered in a sleeping bag that had been hid under the stairs in the Golub’s basement.
The family has also suspected Robert Golub’s younger brother, John J., acted as an accomplice in the murder. He has denied any involvement. The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office reopened the case in 2009, but no new charges have been brought.