Board denies parole for Elizabeth Tur...

Board denies parole for Elizabeth Turpin in husband's murder

There are 13 comments on the Lexington Herald-Leader story from Feb 22, 2011, titled Board denies parole for Elizabeth Turpin in husband's murder. In it, Lexington Herald-Leader reports that:

Elizabeth Turpin looks downward while commenting to the parole board during her parole hearing at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia Wednesday.

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Bleeding heart liberal

Lexington, KY

#1 Feb 23, 2011
Just a note about how arbitrary these parole decisions are (and not an advocate of Ms. Turpin's, just giving you facts...): At the same time this woman met the board, at the same facility another woman met the board who was convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and robbery, got a plea bargain for 10 years, added to two previous drug convictions for which she was on probation for 15 years, for a total of 35 years, all of which made her eligible for the death penalty or life without parole for 25 years or life without parole. This woman, Leann Bearden, got a deferment of two years, seemingly a reward for turning state's evidence on her two accomplices.She led a man to a location where her two helpers were waiting to kill and rob him of a brick of cocaine. She valued his life at a brick of cocaine. He was killed, wrapped in a blanket and deposited in the woods. No one even knew who he was until years after his body was found. No one came to the victim's hearing for this confessed murderer, who traded two other people for her deal and coldbloodedly led a man to his death, and who would not have ever been caught if another felon hadn't told someone else what had happened. What's the difference in these two cases? Turpin's and Bearden's? One was a 22 year old mother's son; the other was a 30 something mother's son (hispanic, poor, living in TExas).
Yet no uproar will be made about Leann Burden's two year deferment. Can you imagine the uproar if Turpin had gotten a two year deferment?
Bleeding heart liberal

Lexington, KY

#2 Feb 24, 2011
Bleeding heart liberal wrote:
Just a note about how arbitrary these parole decisions are (and not an advocate of Ms. Turpin's, just giving you facts...): At the same time this woman met the board, at the same facility another woman met the board who was convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and robbery, got a plea bargain for 10 years, added to two previous drug convictions for which she was on probation for 15 years, for a total of 35 years, all of which made her eligible for the death penalty or life without parole for 25 years or life without parole. This woman, Leann Bearden, got a deferment of two years, seemingly a reward for turning state's evidence on her two accomplices.She led a man to a location where her two helpers were waiting to kill and rob him of a brick of cocaine. She valued his life at a brick of cocaine. He was killed, wrapped in a blanket and deposited in the woods. No one even knew who he was until years after his body was found. No one came to the victim's hearing for this confessed murderer, who traded two other people for her deal and coldbloodedly led a man to his death, and who would not have ever been caught if another felon hadn't told someone else what had happened. What's the difference in these two cases? Turpin's and Bearden's? One was a 22 year old mother's son; the other was a 30 something mother's son (hispanic, poor, living in TExas).
Yet no uproar will be made about Leann Burden's two year deferment. Can you imagine the uproar if Turpin had gotten a two year deferment?
Sorry, made an error above - Ms. Bearden received a plea bargain of 20 years, not 10 years...just correcting in the interest of accuracy.
IgotToo

Lexington, KY

#3 Feb 25, 2011
I was wondering what would happen in todays society if this crime had happened now. I see baby murderers walking away with 5 year sentences, I see cold blooded gang killings and the killer gets a slap on the wrist with 15 years. I believe if this crime had happened today the parties involved would receive a mere 20 years, would be out in 16. SO with this said why are the people that have been locked up already 25 years still in prison, shouldnt we be going on todays standards as far as sentencing. I believe the bitch should get out, forced to work, start repaying society back for the free 3 hots and a cot she's been getting. She should be forced to wear an anklet for the first 5 years she's out, to work and home no in betweens, waisting away in prison now days is like paradise. They eat, have a place to sleep, never have to worry about bills and everyday life stress. There is more dope and drugs in the prisons than on the street and its easier believe it or not to get than on the street, whats there to be afraid of when copping, going to jail. No, when these people that have been in for as long as they have, real punishment is making them get out and start working, paying a debt back to society, let them cry their self asleep worrying where the rent moneys going to come from, or how they are going to keep the lights on. If they truely are reformed than they would except this kind of challenge, but most people that has been in for 25 or more years usely choose to stay in cause they have it way to easy in there. I had a friend that spent 27 years in there starting at age 18, when he finally got out he couldn't cope, he hated having to be responsible for his self so he walked into a convenient store, walked up to the counter, and in full view of the cashier stuck them in his pocket, told the cashier to call the police that he would be waiting outside, and he was, he knew that the smallest nfraction would send him back to prison and it did, he got ten more years for a pack of cig.,but my point is at least let them out to see if they truely are going to be reformed. These people weren't serial killers so the chances of them recommitting a murder is slim to none.
ex-offender

Greenville, KY

#4 Apr 23, 2011
Maybe the prosecutor as well as the parole board members were able to detect the sincere regret Leann felt for her crime. Where liz on the other hand has never felt a moments regret for her husbands murder. The only mention of regret I ever heard her express was "that she was sorry she hadn't taken his body over the state line so she could be doing federal time." Does that sound like someone that's ready to be back in society? Liz is a true sociopath if ther ever was one. If money can buy her out I'm sure her "trick husband" will pay who ever necessary to get "his expensive hobby" out. I'm not an advocate of either Leann or Liz, and I know the parole board differs greatly from person to person, but anyone who ever talked to the two for five minutes would clearly be able to understand their decision.
helibike

Seattle, WA

#6 Jul 11, 2011
Just curious. i think a post here was deleted. Did Liz Turpin kill her husband due to his abuse, or abuse of the child? I think too many people in general get off easy. jaycee dugard's captors .. need to be fried. You think they give a hoot if they're locked up for the rest of their old age? Just because you are not the trigger person, or the person you abused did not die .. is not the way it should be. The guy who cut off the arms of a young teen girl, raped her, then threw out of a moving car on the side of an old state road in Northern Cali got life without parole, then somehow got parole at age 60 something, and within two years, raped and killed a 6 year old. I think the State of Florida should be liable for his release.
Cracker Jack Jackson

Dry Ridge, KY

#7 Aug 29, 2011
IgotToo wrote:
I was wondering what would happen in todays society if this crime had happened now. I see baby murderers walking away with 5 year sentences, I see cold blooded gang killings and the killer gets a slap on the wrist with 15 years. I believe if this crime had happened today the parties involved would receive a mere 20 years, would be out in 16. SO with this said why are the people that have been locked up already 25 years still in prison, shouldnt we be going on todays standards as far as sentencing. I believe the bitch should get out, forced to work, start repaying society back for the free 3 hots and a cot she's been getting. She should be forced to wear an anklet for the first 5 years she's out, to work and home no in betweens, waisting away in prison now days is like paradise. They eat, have a place to sleep, never have to worry about bills and everyday life stress. There is more dope and drugs in the prisons than on the street and its easier believe it or not to get than on the street, whats there to be afraid of when copping, going to jail. No, when these people that have been in for as long as they have, real punishment is making them get out and start working, paying a debt back to society, let them cry their self asleep worrying where the rent moneys going to come from, or how they are going to keep the lights on. If they truely are reformed than they would except this kind of challenge, but most people that has been in for 25 or more years usely choose to stay in cause they have it way to easy in there. I had a friend that spent 27 years in there starting at age 18, when he finally got out he couldn't cope, he hated having to be responsible for his self so he walked into a convenient store, walked up to the counter, and in full view of the cashier stuck them in his pocket, told the cashier to call the police that he would be waiting outside, and he was, he knew that the smallest nfraction would send him back to prison and it did, he got ten more years for a pack of cig.,but my point is at least let them out to see if they truely are going to be reformed. These people weren't serial killers so the chances of them recommitting a murder is slim to none.
I know LeAnn Bearden and Liz Turpin (Liz is her prison name. Her family calls her Beth) and I can tell you that you only know the information given to you by the media. I refuse to judge Turpin, but I can tell you that LeAnn is a good person who ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. She did not lure that man into the house where he was shot. The two men she was hanging around with were talking about robbing the dude for his drugs and that was all. Yes, that is a felony, but the victim having the drugs is also a felony. I was around LeAnn for several years and I know for a fact that she had no idea what was going to happen when they got to his house. When the gun came out, she ran for her life. She made some bad choices regarding lifestyle and companions, but she is an awesome person to those of us who took the time to get to know her and is very sorry for what happened. I consider LeAnn to be one of my closest friends, so please make sure you know the facts before you start talking trash about someone you don't even know. When she makes parole in 2013, and she will, the world will know what a wonderful human-being she is.
Lenny

United States

#8 Dec 7, 2011
Lr
Cracker Jack Jackson wrote:
<quoted text>
I know LeAnn Bearden and Liz Turpin (Liz is her prison name. Her family calls her Beth) and I can tell you that you only know the information given to you by the media. I refuse to judge Turpin, but I can tell you that LeAnn is a good person who ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. She did not lure that man into the house where he was shot. The two men she was hanging around with were talking about robbing the dude for his drugs and that was all. Yes, that is a felony, but the victim having the drugs is also a felony. I was around LeAnn for several years and I know for a fact that she had no idea what was going to happen when they got to his house. When the gun came out, she ran for her life. She made some bad choices regarding lifestyle and companions, but she is an awesome person to those of us who took the time to get to know her and is very sorry for what happened. I consider LeAnn to be one of my closest friends, so please make sure you know the facts before you start talking trash about someone you don't even know. When she makes parole in 2013, and she will, the world will know what a wonderful human-being she is.
Citizen X

Birmingham, AL

#9 Dec 9, 2011
Cracker Jack Jackson wrote:
<quoted text>I know LeAnn Bearden and Liz Turpin (Liz is her prison name. Her family calls her Beth) and I can tell you that you only know the information given to you by the media. I refuse to judge Turpin, but I can tell you that LeAnn is a good person who ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. She did not lure that man into the house where he was shot. The two men she was hanging around with were talking about robbing the dude for his drugs and that was all. Yes, that is a felony, but the victim having the drugs is also a felony. I was around LeAnn for several years and I know for a fact that she had no idea what was going to happen when they got to his house. When the gun came out, she ran for her life. She made some bad choices regarding lifestyle and companions, but she is an awesome person to those of us who took the time to get to know her and is very sorry for what happened. I consider LeAnn to be one of my closest friends, so please make sure you know the facts before you start talking trash about someone you don't even know. When she makes parole in 2013, and she will, the world will know what a wonderful human-being she is.
"Wonderful" human beings don't get caught up in these kinds of illicit activities, Cracker Jack. She's in prison, not on a pedestal.
Cracker Jack

Bowling Green, KY

#10 Jul 1, 2012
Citizen X wrote:
<quoted text>
"Wonderful" human beings don't get caught up in these kinds of illicit activities, Cracker Jack. She's in prison, not on a pedestal.
People can become wonderful human beings even if they weren't always. Judge not, lest ye be judged.
verna

Port Clinton, OH

#11 Sep 29, 2012
Beth Turpin doesn't t deserve any parole!
tricia

United States

#12 Dec 29, 2012
I believe eye for a eye ,kill all three of the trash bags why should they be out in this world when miles life ended 25 years ago and he gave the nasty Beth everything she wanted ,lesbian and sleep with two men at once ,spit in your face and may u all burn in hell
Fletcher

Elkton, MD

#13 Mar 25, 2016
helibike wrote:
Just curious. i think a post here was deleted. Did Liz Turpin kill her husband due to his abuse, or abuse of the child? I think too many people in general get off easy. jaycee dugard's captors .. need to be fried. You think they give a hoot if they're locked up for the rest of their old age? Just because you are not the trigger person, or the person you abused did not die .. is not the way it should be. The guy who cut off the arms of a young teen girl, raped her, then threw out of a moving car on the side of an old state road in Northern Cali got life without parole, then somehow got parole at age 60 something, and within two years, raped and killed a 6 year old. I think the State of Florida should be liable for his release.
Huh? What CHILD? They didn't have a child, you fool. And there was no abuse.
Fletcher

Elkton, MD

#14 Mar 25, 2016
Citizen X wrote:
<quoted text>
"Wonderful" human beings don't get caught up in these kinds of illicit activities, Cracker Jack. She's in prison, not on a pedestal.
How can you stand being a Grade A idiot?

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