Bridge City Police Officer Brittany Hilton is asking the state to keep her mother's killer behind bars. Hilton only really knows her mother through newspaper articles and pictures that her grandmother put together in a book.
"She said that my mom was always fun and had the personality of a clown... We have a cabinet full of them for my mom," said Hilton.
Hilton was just a few weeks short of her 3rd birthday when her mother was murdered. But that passage of time has not diminished her devotion. Now, Hilton is trying to keep the murderer, Paul Taylor Jr. behind bars. She's also asking the state to change his eligibility for parole from once every 2 years to once every 5.
"If we can put this on the back burner for about 5 years and have a little bit of peace of mind then that , that's all we want," Hilton said.
In 1995, 9 years after Rebecca Beard went missing in Clute, TX, Taylor confessed. Hilton says her family relives the horror of the loss every time Taylor is eligible for parole. So she started something that has struck an international nerve. A petition on change.org on September 10th.
Just over a week later, the document has more than 1,800 signees from all 50 states and 7 countries. Hilton says as her story spreads, she's met families in similar situations who had no clue they could petition the parole board.
"Yeah, you can petition this, you don't have to go through this constant agony," said Hilton.
An agony made more acceptable because of overwhelming support. Hilton will go before the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles in January to present the petition.
Click here to sign the petition: chn.ge/YWShH3