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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Amidst the thousands of plots at Seattle's Washelli Cemetery, you'll find a marker with the words Our Little Angel.

Kristen Sumstad was buried here almost three decades ago, but her memory is never far from her eldest sister Lorraine Dean.

I have dreams about her, said Dean, that I'm trying to save her and rescue her, you know, that no can get a hold of her.

Kristen, 13, was murdered in 1982. Her body was found behind a TV store in Seattle s Magnolia neighborhood.

It took two decades to catch her killer, who ended up being a family friend named John Athan who was 14 years old at the time.

Detectives tricked Athan by posing as lawyers, convincing him to lick an envelope, then used DNA from his saliva to convict him of second degree murder.

I would never have guessed him out of anybody, said Dean.

But now, Athan is scheduled for release on Monday, June 7, having served less than seven years of a 10-year sentence.

In a report, the Washington State Indeterminate Sentence Review Board said Mr. Athan has demonstrated active and positive participation in his rehabilitation and has made significant cognitive and behavioral change.

Lorraine, meanwhile, says Athan's sentence was too short to begin with and that he should serve the entire term.

My little sister was taken from us, she's never coming back, she said. She was raped, she was murdered by someone who knew what he was doing, and he got away with it for 20 years.

She says during those 20 years, several family members spiraled downward into alcoholism and depression. Just six years after Kristen died, her mother did too.

At 39, Sarah Wilson never learned the identity of her daughter's killer.

It tore my mother apart, said Dean. She kind of isolated and numbed herself, and she eventually passed away. I mean, she had broke her heart.

Wilson's grave plot lies about 50 feet from her Kristen's.

Lorraine said her other two sisters died in 2008, after long battles with alcoholism.

I know a lot of it had to do with my sister in the beginning and it just escalated, she said.

Dean said she plans to contact Governor Christine Gregoire to ask the parole be revoked.

Gregoire has said she will not intervene in the early parole.

I don't think it's the job of the Governor to overrule the board if I just disagree with them, said Gregoire. I believe I have to see if there's a mistake and I haven't seen one yet that's been brought to my attention.

Athan's last hearing was held on December 28, 2009. At that time, the board found him not parolable, and added 24 months to his minimum term, according to board records. The board also recommended he participate in therapy to address drug and alcohol problems.

Subsequent to his last hearing, Mr. Athan completed the recommended therapy, and his chemical dependency treatment provider testified that he worked hard to overcome several issues and did well in the program, said board records.

The report also said a psychological evaluation conducted in 2009 considered Athan a low risk for re-offense, saying Athan demonstrated chagrin, remorse, regret, and the residuals of chronic preoccupation with his actions of the distant past.

Athan would be supervised through a parole office in Bellevue.


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