This story was originally published June 26, 2019.
Temar Boggs, the Lancaster teen hailed as a hero when he helped track down an abducted girl but who later was convicted of armed robbery, could be granted a parole hearing in August.
Boggs, who is serving a sentence of 40 months to 10 years, was denied parole in February, state prison records show.
The 21-year-old could have been released from prison June 6.
The state Board of Probation based its decision on Boggs’ “minimization/denial of the nature and circumstances of” and his “lack of remorse for” the offense.
Boggs, who is serving his sentence at State Correctional Institution Dallas in Luzerne County, will be reviewed again as early as August, the board said.
Boggs pleaded guilty in June 2016 to the December 2015 armed robbery of El Coqui Market in Lancaster city.
At sentencing, his defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad, who is now a Lancaster County judge, said it was a “shame for Temar to go from a hero to a zero.”
Boggs was 15 when he and a friend followed a car on bicycles in Lancaster Township to help find a 5-year-old girl abducted by a convicted rapist on July 11, 2013. His story made national headlines.
His maximum sentence goes until Feb. 6, 2026, according to the Department of Corrections.
A report of an inmate’s behavior is sent to parole staff three to four months before his or her minimum sentence date, according to the Department of Corrections.
Inmates do not have an attorney for their board interview. The board asks questions about the inmate’s file, background and plans for the future.
If parole is denied, the process begins again several months before the review date.