A Call For Action To Keep Murderer Behind Bars

Man who kidnapped, raped and murdered New Milford's Kim Montelaro is up for parole.

Dear New Milford Residents,

On August 31, 1976, 20-year old New Milford resident, Kim Montelaro, was kidnapped from the Paramus Park shopping center in broad daylight. She was brutally raped before being murdered and her body dumped at a lake in Washington Township.

Several days later, Christopher Righetti of River Vale, a repeat offender, was arrested, tried for the crime and found guilty. The trial lasted several weeks during which time her parents listened to the painful details of their daughter’s final moments on earth.

Righetti’s life sentence brought little comfort to the Montelaro's as he has come up for parole several times and each time they had to relive that day.

In 2009, Chief Randy Ciocco, Washington Twp. Police Dept., Rep. Robert Schroeder and myself, along with a bus load of supporters, met the Montelaro’s at the Parole Board in Trenton for Righetti’s latest hearing. We brought with us over a thousand signed petitions opposing his parole which was ultimately denied. At the time we were told he would not be eligible again until 2022.

We were recently informed that Righetti, through a loophole in the system, is coming up for parole again this spring. His only roots are in Bergen County and would most likely return here if paroled.

The Montelaro’s will again relive their horror and again we are mobilizing to oppose this travesty.  Together with Patch, Representative Schroeder and his group, Keep N.J. Safe, the Washington Twp. Police Dept. and New Milford Police Dept., a petition drive opposing Righetti’s parole is underway. Click here to sign the petition. It is our goal to beat our total from 2009.

Kim can no longer speak for herself so it is up to us, her community, to speak on her behalf and at the same time lend our voices to the thousands of women who have been victimized, but have not come forward. 

Thank you for your time and thank you for joining us in opposing Righetti’s parole, as I am sure that you feel as strongly about this as I do.   

Yours truly,

Frank Papapietro

Jennifer March 13, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Please sign and share this.
Tony Oliva March 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Thanks for keeping this animal behind bars, Frank.......His last breath should be behind bars rotting alone in his cell....Sign the petition
Rick DeMarco March 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Life means life...Keep this mutt in prison...
Donna March 16, 2012 at 01:57 AM
What we do not realize this man raped when he was 16 --then murdered while on parole and then hes been locked up ever since. Actually with the rules he has survived without hurting himself or anyone else. He has not been free since he was 16 WHY DO OFFICIALS THINK HE HAS CHANGED !!!! He does not know how to handle freedom, he proved that at the mall when he took what he wanted without remorse. Do you think he has changed? NO ! Why should he.He has not had to grow up! Everything has been handed to him . Then on top of it he is a power lifter in jail so he is going to come out stronger than he went in. I knew him back in 1976 . What are these officials thinking ? They are letting out the wrong man.
They Didthis April 12, 2012 at 04:33 PM
they should let him out of jail and then hang the guy


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