Mother and Daughter Rally to Keep Justice for Murdered Family Members

By: Ryan Bloomfield Email
By: Ryan Bloomfield Email

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- It's been almost nine years since Brenda Mullins of Flatwoods, Ky., lost her sister Cheryl Young and brother-in-law Gary Young, but the pain is just as real today as it was then.

"Words just can't even describe what their loss has meant to our family," Mullins said. "It's been tough."

Cheryl and Gary were murdered in 2004 by Gary's son Andrew Young and his girlfriend Stephanie Griffith. The two robbed and killed the couple at their home in Grayson.

Andrew is serving a life sentence, and Mullins' family has been working to keep Stephanie Griffith behind bars for years. A recent statewide jail change has moved Griffith's parole hearing from 2015 to December 2012.

Now, Brenda's daughter Cindy Shelby is fighting back by starting an online petition to not only keep Griffith in prison, but to keep justice for her aunt and uncle.

"They were such a part of our lives and so much that we did for them that the time I spent creating a petition and the time that I spent appearing with the parole board with the rest of my family, it's minimal in comparison to my love for her and my love for Gary," Shelby said.

The petition has more than 280 signatures. The family hopes to have more than 1,000 signatures to show the parole board for Griffith's hearing on Dec. 19.

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