Simon Peter Nelson is making yet another attempt for freedom, this being his 19th time since his conviction in 1978.
Nelson committed one of the most brutal murders in the history of Winnebago County, killing his six children and family dog with a knife and rubber mallet. He was sentenced to 100 to 200 years in prison, first becoming eligible for parole in 1986. State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato will personally protest Nelson’s possible release at a hearing tomorrow — because he says the community will never forget the horrific crime Nelson committed.
Bruscato said, “It’s important for the State Attorney’s office to make sure that we protect the public. In my opinion, the release of Simon Peter Nelson would pose a risk to the community, or any community that he is released into.”
The hearing is at 9am in Dixon tomorrow morning. The Prisoner Board Review will review testimonies and protest petitions before making a final decision at a second hearing in Springfield in June.