Angelo D'Amato, the son of former Atlantic City 500 Club owner Skinny D'Amato, was denied parole for a murder he committed in 1981, first assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor Murray Talasnik said Friday.

The three-member Parole Board ruled earlier this week that the 52-year-old D'Amato "turned a blind eye" to his guilt and has not made progress in his rehabilitation during the 27 years and six months he has been in prison, Talasnik said.

"Only when you face the stark reality of what you have done, and the death of your victim as a result of your actions, will you then be able to possibly gain the insight necessary to identify why you have led such a violent, brutal and anti-social lifestyle," the board said in denying parole.

D'Amato was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Oct. 7, 1983, for the February 1981 murder and dismemberment of 28-year-old Keerans "Kerry" Carter. He was also sentenced to a consecutive 5-year term for theft because he sold Carter's possessions after he killed her.

D'Amato is being held in Bayside State Prison, according to the state Department of Corrections website. He will become eligible for parole again in 10 years, Talasnik said.

Staff Writer Elaine Rose

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