Their loved ones were murdered and the killer is behind bars, but the fight is far from over for some victims' families. They find themselves every few years fighting against parole.

This year we've covered the high-profile case of David Owen Brooks, an accomplice of Dean Corll, a serial killer known as the "Candy Man," who killed 28 boys in the Houston area in the 1970s.

David Owen Brooks was an accomplice to Dean Corll, known as the "Candy Man" killer, after killing 28 boys in the Houston area in the 1970s.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Brooks was up for parole and was denied. Thanks to a law passed in 2015 for capital murder offenders, it will be 10 years before his next parole hearing, but KHOU 11 Investigates discovered it's rare for prisoners to get the decade set-off.

"As a mother, I don't want another mother to have to go through it," said Gilda Muskwinsky, whose daughter, Raynell, was murdered in 1984.

In Muskwinsky's eyes, there was no one more beautiful than her daughter.

"She was so pretty, and I know all mothers say that, but she was pretty," her mother said.

Seventeen-year-old Raynell Muskwinsky was murdered in 1987.
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Raynell’s killer, Steve Wayne Figueroa, went to prison.

Steve Wayne Figueroa is serving a life sentence for the 1984 murder of Raynell Muskwinsky.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Every few years, Muskwinsky still fights his parole.

"Every time they come up for parole, it just kinda puts you back to day one," Muskwinsky said.

A new law was supposed to make it easier for victims. In 2015, Texas lawmakers passed House Bill 1914, which gave the the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles the power to push back parole hearings up to 10 years. However, KHOU 11 Investigates obtained records showing the board rarely uses the max.

In fact, only 9 percent of the time do offenders actually get the 10 years; the majority received five years or less.

"I just felt like I got sucker punched," said Andy Kahan with the Houston mayor's office of Crime Victims Assistance.

Kahan is a victim's rights advocate who helped craft the bill.