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The parents of a young tech CEO murdered in Baltimore last year urged Maryland lawmakers Tuesday to end good behavior credits for imprisoned rapists, which is how the man accused of killing their daughter ended up out on the streets.

EcoMap Technologies CEO Pava Marie LaPere, 26, died in September 2023 from strangulation and blunt force trauma allegedly at the hands of 32-year-old convicted felon Jason Billingsley. He is charged with first-degree murder in her death and had only been out of prison for about a year after serving a shortened sentence for a 2013 rape because of his good behavior behind bars.

At the time of LaPere’s death, Baltimore police were searching for Billingsley in connection with a Sept. 19, 2023, rape that included a man and a woman being tied up with duct tape before their house was set on fire.

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