Parole setting free long-term inmates

Full story: Asheville Citizen-Times

The sweetness of Betty Norton Young's mountain accent does little to reveal the tragedy she has endured for 30 years.
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Matt

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Oct 21, 2007
 
This is a great idea since they will violate and be back in within a year
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Oct 21, 2007
 
I sure do not see the sentence being carried out to fit the crime. What a shame this person is going free after committing such a horrible crime to an innocent family and a civilized public
Deputy Dawg

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Oct 21, 2007
 
For this monster to make a threatening phone call to the family speaks volume of what a psycho he still is.
Doug

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Oct 21, 2007
 
After thirty years of punishment some people may deserve a second chance. Some people change from 18 to 48.
Dennis

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Oct 21, 2007
 
This is an injustice to the Norton family and all law abidding citizens of North Carolina.
When will "life" actually mean life to the justice system?
ron in waynesville

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Over crowding prisons were brought about by lack of use of the death penalty.
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People get more time for being cruel to animals than killing a human being. No justice anymore until the murderer is dead.......I know how the family feels my 18 year old daughter was murdered in 1991 and now each year I have to travel from Madison County to Raleigh to help fight his early parole.I just wait for the day he dies in prison and justice will be done.
The familes will always be victims.
SickenedYetNotSu rprised

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Doug - Let him take his "second chance" with your spouse and child - not mine. Life in prison should mean life in prison for murderers. They aren't playing by societies rules.

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""......Even with the changes, parole still has its place, particularly with crimes that don’t involve personal injury, said Sen. John Snow, a member of the state’s sentencing and policy advisory commission.

“When you talk about a crime against a person, you have a lot of emotion involved,” said Snow, D-Cherokee.“It’s different when you look at parole in those cases.”"""

Well Mr. Snow, just how much 'personal injury' is NOT involved in cold blooded murder?

I cannot believe this fellow was sentenced for TWO life sentences and he hasn't even served ONE yet ---now he is loose. What a slap in the face---again---to law abiding citizens. Just don't get caught with a little weed on ya...and we will set you free...Something is terribly wrong with this.
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Sensational journalism and uninformed readers do not consider that persons who commit violent crimes, especially when under influence of alcohol and drugs, can and often do change radically over 20 to 30 years. Revenge and fear should not rule in these cases. Neither the Citizen-Times nor the self-righteous readers have done themselves proud on this issue.
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i am ashamed and saddened that this is happening , I remember the incident very well, This was premeditated and deliberate .I just wish the jury had done what was needed. Does anyone know who the members of the Parole board are, maybe contact them or the Govenor Office.

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Bob Magnus wrote:
Sensational journalism and uninformed readers do not consider that persons who commit violent crimes, especially when under influence of alcohol and drugs, can and often do change radically over 20 to 30 years. Revenge and fear should not rule in these cases. Neither the Citizen-Times nor the self-righteous readers have done themselves proud on this issue.
Change? Bob, these men took lives to get a little money. They should have been put to death and we wouldn't be having this discussion.
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Bob Magnus wrote:
Sensational journalism and uninformed readers do not consider that persons who commit violent crimes, especially when under influence of alcohol and drugs, can and often do change radically over 20 to 30 years. Revenge and fear should not rule in these cases. Neither the Citizen-Times nor the self-righteous readers have done themselves proud on this issue.


I would venture to say that 99+% of those who commit a violent crime "especially when under the influence of alcohol and drugs" were not forced to use these substances - it was their choice. Doesn't matter if they "change radically" or not - no matter the length of time. Not revenge or fear - justice!

I cannot imagine what the families of these victims must be going through. If these killers are let out of prison after being convicted and sentenced, then there is no justice in the justice system any longer.
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I'm all for parole. If they finish their first life sentence then let them free - in a pine box.
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I don't believe in the "Life in Prison" for anyone convicted of taking a human life while committing a crime! Once convicted...DEAD! From what I read in this article, this was definitely a premeditated murder. They didn't know who they were going to kill, but they knew they were going to kill someone! I hope if they do get paroled, the military comes after them for their AWOL charges! At least their sorry murdering a**es will still be off the streets! What about these people that are being allowed to sue the prison system for cruel and unusual conditions? Human Rights! They gave up those rights when they committed the crime! If they want to be animals (committing these inhumane crimes), then they should and deserve to be treated like animals! What about the rights of those families they destroyed? Where's their "Second Chance"? Sentences for Murderers, Rapist or Pedophiles should be at the least, automatic "Life in Prison" and "absolutely" NO chance for parole! NONE, ZIP, NADDA! In the few states that still have the death penalty, THAT should be the automatic sentence! No question about parole then! No question if they'll ever take another or destroy another life again! They deserve no less than the same sentence they forced upon their victim(s) and their victim(s) family(ies)!
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Oct 21, 2007
 
I didn't see anything in this article about their victims getting early parole. If the prisons are overcrowded, do something about it. Build more prisons but don't let these criminals free. We have more than enough innocent victims already. As I see it, this man has already broke parole by contacting the victim's wife. Does that look like he's changed? I don't think so.
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Oct 21, 2007
 
PS. This 3rd strike rule needs to go also! If anyone is convicted of a violent crime where a human life is taken involving or during the commission of the crime, whether it's your 1st strike or not! You don't get a 2nd chance! Period! If our laws would get tougher against these types of offenders, if they knew their chances of really getting their true and deserved punishment would actually be imposed, they "might" think twice. That their punishment would actually be commensurate to their crime, they "might" be deterred, knowing what's going to happen to them after they are caught! They have no humanity in them. They do deserve any consideration in being treated "Humanely".
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Oct 21, 2007
 
throw away the key
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Oct 21, 2007
 
what bugs me is that im the kinda person who would have droped what he was doin to go help a person fix a flat tire most of us are those kindA people.
if it can happen otheres it can happen to us
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When a life sentence turns into parole it is the poster child argument for capital punishment. There is no guarantee that murderers won't be set free some day whether due to overcrowding, a newfound technicality or a bleeding heart judge or governor. For the punishment to be irrevokable it needs to be death. The sooner the better.

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