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UPDATE: Teacher's aide fired after connection with 1965 murder


Tuesday night the BCLUW Superintendent Ben Petty recommended a teacher's aide be fired immediately. School board members voted unanimously in favor to fire the teacher's aide, previously convicted of manslaughter, because they believe she provided false information on her job application more than a decade ago.

Superintendent Ben Petty would not elaborate on additional details Tuesday night.

Paula Pace was hired by the BCLUW school district in the 1990s.

A friend said Pace was active with volunteer work while working as a teacher's aide and janitor at the BCLUW High School in Conrad.

School officials confirm Pace has worked at the school for 14 years.

Folks in Conrad are shocked at her connection to a gruesome crime.

"Nothing big ever happens here," said Melissa Weatherly of Conrad.

Pace was once known as Paula Baniszewski. In 1965, she, along with her mother, brother, and neighborhood kids were arrested and convicted for torturing and killing 16-year old Sylvia Likens in their Indiana home.

Balinda Wallen said she has known Pace for many years. Her sisters went to school with Pace's two sons.

"My first thought was that it wasn't her," Wallen said. "It's just hard to believe."

Paula Baniszewski served three years for manslaughter after striking a plea deal in the 1965 torture and killing of Likens.

"We received an anonymous call from a person presumably from the school district that an aid to a school counselor had been convicted of a crime in another state many years ago" said Grundy County Sheriff Rick Penning.

Sheriff Penning confirmed that Paula Pace and Paula Baniszewski have the same birth date.

Penning said said there are no criminal charges pending against Pace.

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