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Kentucky man who hid 5-year-old stepdaughter's body will serve 10 more years in prison

Thomas Suleski
Thomas Suleski Luther Luckett Correctional Complex

A man who admitted to hiding the body of his 5-year-old stepdaughter in a Kentucky park in 1989 will spend at least 10 more years in prison, a Kentucky parole board decided Monday.

Thomas Suleski was up for parole after spending 25 years in prison for the murder of his stepdaughter, Alex Suleski. He spoke at last week’s parole hearing and pleaded his case to the board. Monday, the parole board voted to give Suleski a deferment of 10 years, meaning he will be eligible to see the board again in a decade.

His ex-wife, Roxanne Suleski, will serve her life sentence, the board announced last month.

Nyssa Corbin, Roxanne’s daughter and Thomas’ elder stepdaughter, testified in 1993 that her mother placed Alex in a garbage bag in October 1989 and tied it shut as punishment for the young girl wetting herself. She was dead the next day after she was placed inside another garbage bag for more punishment.

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A 1989 family photo of then 5-year-old Alexandria Suleski, who was missing from her home in Radcliff, Ky. Family Photo

Afterward, Thomas Suleski buried the body at nearby Otter Creek Park. Corbin said he returned to the park two years later to dig up the remains and smashed the skull, though this was not brought up in last week’s hearing. "I remember leaving her, covering her (in leaves) and saying to her I'm sorry," Suleski recalls of Alex's burial at the park.

The Suleskis, who lived in Radcliff during the incident, then led authorities on a search for Alex, which spanned four years until Nyssa’s testimony to FBI.

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From October 1989, Thomas Suleski, the father of Alexandria Suleski, 5, who was missing, sat on the steps of his home in the Duvall Mobile Home Park in Radcliff. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

Thomas Suleski claims he never asked his then-wife how Alex was killed.

He said he was "very stupid" to do what he did and he has been trying to learn how to not much such tragic decisions.

"I know if there's any way I can go back and undo what I did, I would definitely do that. I never intended for anyone in my family to get hurt," he said at his parole hearing.

In addition to his murder conviction, Suleski was convicted of kidnapping, tampering with physical evidence, criminal abuse and unlawful transaction with a minor.

While he insisted to the parole board he had a plan in place to rebuild his life out of jail, the board deemed that 25 years was not enough of a sentence.

He will remain at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in Oldham County.

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