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Erie County officials work to block parole of child killer

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

His killer, Craig Popke, is up for parole next month.

With no family members left to speak for Michael, it will be up to local agencies and a Columbus-based advocate to keep Popke from being released from serving his life sentence.

Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter describes Michael's death as brutal and heinous, and the child as the most innocent of victims in a letter he sent to the parole board earlier this month, opposing Popke's release.

For more on the murder and who's helping to block Popke's parole, pick up a copy of Monday's Register.

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Craig Popke, 47, is up for parole at Richland Correctional Institution on Dec. 27.

Popke was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the 1990 death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old boy, Michael Wasserman.

Michael suffered third-degree burns that eventually lead to his death after an excruciating three days.

To sign a petition to oppose Popke's release, visit blockparole.com.

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