Pritchard to be paroled

May 26, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Washington Daily News

“I think there are more people who knew about it before and after it happened.”

Christopher Wayne Pritchard, a Washington man serving a life sentence for aiding and abetting in the 1988 murder of Lieth Von Stein of Washington, his stepfather, is scheduled to be paroled June 2. The parole ... via Washington Daily News

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N Drew

Hamilton, Canada

#1 Jun 26, 2007
He lied on the stand to save his life, knowing Henderson has admitte after his release to the physical attack on Von Stein andPritchard knows this and still lied to send an innocent man to Death Row. Henderson is now strung out on drugs so why has his parole not been revoked? The used in this crime also belonged to henderson. He and Prichard belong in prison to serve time for lieing to have an innocent man incarcerated and they are free? Pritchard was bought out of prison with the money he killed for. His mother should be ashamed of herself.
tac

Spencerport, NY

#2 Aug 3, 2007
Oh come on, his mother should be ashamed of herself. She's suffered enough. Leave that poor woman alone!
CJ Way

Dallas, TX

#3 Aug 5, 2007
N. Drew, I have to agree with you about the mom. She used the victims money to defend the killer. Pay for lawyers, etc, and he is probably at her house right now, being taken care of her, whose money do you think is paying for the water, lights, etc, the victims leftovers... He could still possibly get the the inheritance when she dies... Crazy..
CJ Way

Dallas, TX

#4 Aug 5, 2007
curious

Henderson, TX

#5 Aug 8, 2007
I just looked up james upchurch on the internet and see that his sentence is not the death penalty anymore but is life. What happened there? Can't find anything. As far as the mother, well, we don't know what we would do in someone else's shoes, so I have to give her the benefit of the doubt. But how in heaven's name can he face his mother? And, really, how can she face him?
Kevin_PA

Wallington, NJ

#6 Jun 2, 2008
I know Moog (James Upchurch) and Chris Pritchard when I was in college. I actually roomed with James for a brief time after the murders (although I did not see him much, I guess for obvious reasons). My guess is Chris's mother is doing what a good number of mothers would do for their children.
JFK

Cabot, AR

#7 Jun 8, 2008
To curious and Kevin_PA: the question is not 'how can she face him?', but rather,'how can she sleep at night with him in the house???' probably with one eye open!... yes, love IS blind, but in this case, Kevin, I would make sure that I had 20/20 vision if I were his mom.

I know this is June of 08, a year after your postings, but I just saw the movie about this case on TV this weekend, and even though I had seen it before, watched again. Was curious as to what had become of them and whether Chris had been paroled. My search led me here. Thanks for the info.
Lee_NC

Angier, NC

#8 Jul 9, 2008
I believe that Moog should be released!! This is an outrage. Everyone in NC knows that Henderson is the real killer, and yet he is out roaming the streets a free man. And who can forget the lovely Angela....She needs to be in prison also, because she KNEW what was going to happen. Chris covered for her butt and she should be kissing it everyday for the rest of her life. July 10th, 2008.....
Karen

Hamilton, Canada

#9 May 12, 2009
Bonnie is guilty, as well as Angela. Detective Taylor can say what he wants to a newspaper reporter, but 'off the record' he has spoken and named Henderson as the 'admitted' killer. Bonnie is as evil as Chris for essenitally 'paying off' her son with Von Stein's money. The person(s) on death row should have been Angela/Bonnie/Chris. Goes to show what happens when a hick, small town, illiterate jury makes the decision. The worst small-town jury bias there ever was...The road to hell is likley paved with Bonnie's involvement.
Karen

Hamilton, Canada

#10 May 12, 2009
Tac: The poor woman suffered? Really? She had a fractured thumb, a bump on the head and a partially collapsed lung. Yet, Von Stein's brain was leaking out of his skull when the cops arrived, due to over 9 hits with a bat, added to the 9 stab wounds. She was not wounded enough to fall unconscious, that is simply untrue (read the SBI investigation reports). Henderson sure did not try to kill her very hard, did he? Suffer??? How has she suffered?
Bayliss Ave

Boise, ID

#11 May 23, 2009
you are very judgemental, but i believe she suffers just having a son like that and no husband. she is acting just like the anthony family in florida.
Karen wrote:
Tac: The poor woman suffered? Really? She had a fractured thumb, a bump on the head and a partially collapsed lung. Yet, Von Stein's brain was leaking out of his skull when the cops arrived, due to over 9 hits with a bat, added to the 9 stab wounds. She was not wounded enough to fall unconscious, that is simply untrue (read the SBI investigation reports). Henderson sure did not try to kill her very hard, did he? Suffer??? How has she suffered?
Angelheart

San Francisco, CA

#12 Jun 1, 2009
I just read this book and found it appaling that the mother was so blase' about everything! Protect your kids always, I DON'T THINK SO! He tried to have her offted, what the????? I have no sympathy for the mother except for the fact that she had to suffer pain at the hands of her own son. Also Neal was only the driver, he gets life for that? Thought he plea-bargained for it. Horrible thing to have happened.
Ablett

Boise, ID

#13 Jun 14, 2009
the guy is still a loser. he needs to be put in a mental ward for life.
James Upchurch

Holden, ME

#14 Nov 24, 2009
I sincerely hope that these back stabbers(Chris and Neal) were repeatedly raped while they were in prison for what they've done to me.
Jeff

Charlotte, NC

#15 Feb 6, 2010
James Upchurch wrote:
I sincerely hope that these back stabbers(Chris and Neal) were repeatedly raped while they were in prison for what they've done to me.
I am sure both of them were. Most young men are when they enter prison, usually on the first night. If not within the first week or so. I am sure you were too. However, since you are in prision, if you are the real james (Bart) Upchurch, which I doubt, because how could your server city be listed in Maine. Oh, I am from Caswell County, and know the real Bart Upchurch.
Rev Todd Smith

Charlotte, NC

#16 Mar 8, 2010
curious wrote:
I just looked up james upchurch on the internet and see that his sentence is not the death penalty anymore but is life. What happened there? Can't find anything. As far as the mother, well, we don't know what we would do in someone else's shoes, so I have to give her the benefit of the doubt. But how in heaven's name can he face his mother? And, really, how can she face him?
He was awarded a new sentencing hearing because the judge erred in some of his instructions to the jury. He really should have been granted a new trial. He is not elgible for parole until 2022, and there isn't much of a chance in him getting it.
Rev Todd Smith

Charlotte, NC

#17 Mar 8, 2010
Karen wrote:
Bonnie is guilty, as well as Angela. Detective Taylor can say what he wants to a newspaper reporter, but 'off the record' he has spoken and named Henderson as the 'admitted' killer. Bonnie is as evil as Chris for essenitally 'paying off' her son with Von Stein's money. The person(s) on death row should have been Angela/Bonnie/Chris. Goes to show what happens when a hick, small town, illiterate jury makes the decision. The worst small-town jury bias there ever was...The road to hell is likley paved with Bonnie's involvement.
Were you there. Did you watch the real trial, I didn't either, but I don't think Bonnie was involved. I think that Angela, Chris, Neal, and Bart planned it.
Timeline

Portland, OR

#18 Jun 6, 2010
The key to this whole thing is that the rice and chicken Lieth Von Stein ate before he was killed had barely been digested and had not even left his stomach. This contradicts the timeline given by Bonnie and all of the defendants.
Bonnie stated that they finished eating by about 9 p.m. A restaurant receipt confirmed this. This easily digestable food should have left Lieth's stomach and moved into the small intestine by 11 p.m. She called the police at about 4:30 a.m. However, when the autopsy was done, the food had not left Lieth's stomach. This strongly indicates that he was actually killed at about 10 p.m. The medical examiner who testified at trial was baffled by this. What happened from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., when Bonnie called the police? And how could Angela not have heard all the screams next to her bedroom if she was asleep and this brutal attack occurred at about 4 a.m.?
Theses are the real mysteries.
allen mccall

Elkin, NC

#19 Jun 17, 2010
actually i was incarcerated with chris for quite sometime and i grew to know chris.i then realize that there is a such thing as change. no matter how you look at it.i would think he's already apologized because thats the type person he is. a mother love her son. i love mines
Karen

New York, NY

#20 Jun 29, 2010
James Upchurch wrote:
I sincerely hope that these back stabbers(Chris and Neal) were repeatedly raped while they were in prison for what they've done to me.
Um..you are not the real JBU, NC inmates do not have internet access, but irregardless, word in NC is that pritchard was, indeed, raped in prison. Don't know if that's true, but word is he was.
WOuld not wish a rape on any person, but if prison life was hell for him, good.

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