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Family’s outrage as Ivy League professor set to be released after serving FIVE YEARS for brutally beating wife to death as she wrapped Christmas presents

By  Michael Zennie

PUBLISHED: 11:24 EST, 17  January 2013 |  UPDATED: 13:47 EST, 17 January 2013

 

The family of a woman brutally beaten to  death by her Ivy League professor husband is furious that he is being released  after serving just five years behind bars.

Rafael Robb, 62, admitted to bludgeoning his  wife Ellen with a metal pull-up bar until she was ‘unrecognizable’ as she  wrapped Christmas presents at their home in suburban Philadelphia in December  2006.

Prosecutors say the University of  Pennsylvania economics professor was hoping to avoid a costly divorce. He claims  he snapped in a ‘moment of madness.’

Outrage: Rafael Robb, seen here in 2007, has served just five years behind bars after beating his wife until she was 'unrecognizable' 

Outrage: Rafael Robb, seen here in 2007, has served just  five years behind bars after beating his wife until she was  ‘unrecognizable’

Horrific: Ellen Robb was wrapping Christmas presents  when her husband attacked. Her family says authorities told them it was the  ‘most horrific crime ever’ in the county

Robb will be released on January 28 after he  was granted parole during his first appeal hearing.

Ellen Robb’s family is outraged and the  Montgomery County District Attorney has asked the parole board to reconsider its  decision.

‘Rafael Robb has shown zero indication of  remorse throughout all the time following his murder of Ellen,’ the family said  in a statement to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The parole board said in a statement that  Robb has show good behavior in prison and that he has taken responsibility for  his crime.

That has not appeased Ellen’s family, who say  Robb has not truly been punished for the viciousness of his crime.

Horrific: The murder occurred at Christmas time after the husband and wife began fighting about their holiday vacation plans 

Horrific: The murder occurred at Christmas time after  the husband and wife began fighting about their holiday vacation plans

‘The judge said this is the most horrific  crime ever in Montgomery County. Now he’s being set free,’ Gary Gregory told NBC Philadelphia.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa  Vetri Ferman says she recently learned that Robb is set to be released on parole  later this month. She says she’s asked the state parole board to reconsider the  decision.

Ferman says she thinks the board didn’t  consider all issues surrounding the case.

Robb, who initially denied the attack,  pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in December 2007 and was sentenced to  five to 10 years in prison

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