Let him burn in hell

Saint Albans, WV

#1 Oct 4, 2010
Finley awaiting response from court

Curtis Johnson/The Herald-Dispatch

Murder and sex assault convict Jeffrey L. Finley, 40, argues about too much publicity Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, in Cabell Circuit Court. He appeared in court concerning a Supreme Court decision mandating the reconsideration of his life-without-parole murder sentence.

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CURTIS JOHNSON

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- The man convicted of killing a 92-year-old woman more than a decade ago returned to court Friday, still waiting for the local court system to respond to a state Supreme Court directive mandating that his sentencing be reconsidered.

Jeffrey L. Finley appeared Friday at was to have been a status conference, but that proceeding was postponed until Oct. 12.

Finley, 40, was convicted in September 2004 of first-degree murder and two counts of sexual assault in the 1999 rape and killing of Huntington resident Mabel Hetzer. The elderly woman was sexually assaulted, strangled, bitten and forced to drink rubbing alcohol. Her back and wrists also were broken.

The lingering case concerns a West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruling that reversed Finley's punishment of life imprisonment without parole. The high court reversed the murder sentence ruling that Cabell Circuit Judge Dan O'Hanlon erred by ordering Finley to appear before the jury at sentencing dressed in his orange, jail attire.

Defendants typically wear dress clothes to trial proceedings ensure they receive a fair trial, as courts have found jail clothes carry a presumption of guilt for within the minds of some jurors. The issue in Finley's case was the jurors who saw him dressed in orange had just convicted him days earlier.

The jury had taken 20 minutes to reach its decision, but the case has remained in limbo ever since the Supreme Court issued its ruling in November 2006. O'Hanlon is set to retire at the end of this month, so no decision likely would transfer the case to another judge.

Court officials have explained the logistics of another sentencing hearing are complicated. That is because life imprisonment without parole is a question for a jury, and reinstituting that initial punishment will require a new jury to be impaneled.

The problem is any new jury must understand the facts of the case. That could require the full cost of another trial -- not to determine Finley's guilt, but to simply educate the new jury about the case.

Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles has said he worries another trial-like proceeding could subject the victim's family to hearing all of the details of the case.

Friday's hearing lasted about one and a half minute. It included Finley's complaining about newspaper photographs, which he argued would garner too much publicity and limit his ability to receive a fair sentencing hearing.

For his part, Finley remains incarcerated within the state's Corrections Division as must serve at least two, 10-year minimums for the sexual assault convictions.
Heaven or Hell

Nitro, WV

#2 Oct 4, 2010
Let him burn in hell wrote:
Finley awaiting response from court
Curtis Johnson/The Herald-Dispatch
Murder and sex assault convict Jeffrey L. Finley, 40, argues about too much publicity Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, in Cabell Circuit Court. He appeared in court concerning a Supreme Court decision mandating the reconsideration of his life-without-parole murder sentence.
Purchase this photo October 04, 2010 @ 12:00 AM
CURTIS JOHNSON
The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- The man convicted of killing a 92-year-old woman more than a decade ago returned to court Friday, still waiting for the local court system to respond to a state Supreme Court directive mandating that his sentencing be reconsidered.
Jeffrey L. Finley appeared Friday at was to have been a status conference, but that proceeding was postponed until Oct. 12.
Finley, 40, was convicted in September 2004 of first-degree murder and two counts of sexual assault in the 1999 rape and killing of Huntington resident Mabel Hetzer. The elderly woman was sexually assaulted, strangled, bitten and forced to drink rubbing alcohol. Her back and wrists also were broken.
The lingering case concerns a West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruling that reversed Finley's punishment of life imprisonment without parole. The high court reversed the murder sentence ruling that Cabell Circuit Judge Dan O'Hanlon erred by ordering Finley to appear before the jury at sentencing dressed in his orange, jail attire.
Defendants typically wear dress clothes to trial proceedings ensure they receive a fair trial, as courts have found jail clothes carry a presumption of guilt for within the minds of some jurors. The issue in Finley's case was the jurors who saw him dressed in orange had just convicted him days earlier.
The jury had taken 20 minutes to reach its decision, but the case has remained in limbo ever since the Supreme Court issued its ruling in November 2006. O'Hanlon is set to retire at the end of this month, so no decision likely would transfer the case to another judge.
Court officials have explained the logistics of another sentencing hearing are complicated. That is because life imprisonment without parole is a question for a jury, and reinstituting that initial punishment will require a new jury to be impaneled.
The problem is any new jury must understand the facts of the case. That could require the full cost of another trial -- not to determine Finley's guilt, but to simply educate the new jury about the case.
Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles has said he worries another trial-like proceeding could subject the victim's family to hearing all of the details of the case.
Friday's hearing lasted about one and a half minute. It included Finley's complaining about newspaper photographs, which he argued would garner too much publicity and limit his ability to receive a fair sentencing hearing.
For his part, Finley remains incarcerated within the state's Corrections Division as must serve at least two, 10-year minimums for the sexual assault convictions.
"Let him burn in hell".. not your decision, though many think it is nowadays.
Judgement

Nitro, WV

#3 Oct 5, 2010
Apparently we all will have our opinions about this case, but considering the fact that his life without parole sentence was overturned, and he's now serving 20 years max (two 10 year minimums for sexual assault), someone agreed that the case was too public to give Jeff a fair trial and fair sentencing.

As "Heaven or Hell" said, it's not the OP's decision to send him to Hell and let him burn for what he was charged and sentenced for...It's up to our lovely legal system, and it seems, that our legal system is doing what is best for the convict, and that is giving him a voice to speak his concerns concerning his trial and sentencing.

Also, considering he has been incarcerated since 2004, that leaves him just 14 years of the 20 years he was sentenced to, until he is released back to his family and friends, which I am sure they were ecstatic to hear the news, and look forward to him coming home.
Watch out

Roscoe, PA

#4 Dec 8, 2010
Its horrible what this guy did...and what happened to this lady...I did not know her...but I remember when this happened...I remember it well! Anyone that would do something like this...is SICK MINDED and NEVER EVER needs to see the light of day...if this guy gets out...Watch your Grandma's, watch your Kids, watch yourselves...this guy is a danger to society...and to THINK that our legal system is going to just open the door for him to kill again...is insane.
Anyone

United States

#5 Mar 20, 2011
I think this Finley may be a lost relative. Anyone know anything about his family? I am serious. If anyone knows anything let me know on here and I'll set up an email for replies. Thank you
shelly

Oakvale, WV

#6 Mar 20, 2011
Anyone wrote:
I think this Finley may be a lost relative. Anyone know anything about his family? I am serious. If anyone knows anything let me know on here and I'll set up an email for replies. Thank you
estella finley is his sister. she is not a good person either. steals and buys drugs. i dont think any of the family are very good people
Preacher Joe

United States

#7 Mar 21, 2011
hm is he kin to Michael finley u know the one that was married to charles Rowes daughter becky,Id love to bury my head between beckys big tits and hope for lock jaw
Anyone

Branchland, WV

#8 Mar 21, 2011
Does anyone know who his parents are? If possibly he was in foster care as a child?
shelly

Oakvale, WV

#9 Mar 21, 2011
Anyone wrote:
Does anyone know who his parents are? If possibly he was in foster care as a child?
pat finley from meadow links
Anyone

Branchland, WV

#10 Mar 21, 2011
The one I'm looking for would have been in foster care and had another sister.
pickles

Charleston, WV

#11 Jun 7, 2011
omg. didnt realize about his sentence had been reduced. i known his mom for years, use to party with her. jeff was married and lived in calf. they moved back to shoals with his mom. very different people. jeff was weird and his brother john. made me sick what he done to that woman. he should never get out,he killed,raped her. i dont care who his famliy is. he is very sick. all his mom is guilty of is always bailing all her kids out. she created a monster and didnt realize. hope none of her others wack out.
Dirtbag

Fullerton, CA

#12 Oct 30, 2013
I worked with this piece of shit and he was a drunk and dope head.
I had an opportunity to smash his face in but it was protected by his handler.
The guy was always a creep and I suspect he is missing chromosomes!!
That lame belongs in Guantanimo bay!!!!
shelly

Saint Albans, WV

#13 Nov 14, 2013
estella finley sister she is a real winner to and mother pat all of them are garbage
Same here

Madison, WV

#14 Dec 6, 2013
I hope and pray they don't let him out. What he did is something straight out of Hollywood that someone had to set for hours to dream up for a horror movie. The saddest part was he and his wife were helping to take care of this woman. Pat helped to create this monster by not being the mother she should have been. She spent most of their lives layed up at pauleys and running around. There's none of her kids that have turned out to be worth anything. Now there talking about letting this one out..wow!

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