The following shorts about criminals on parole and pre-trial release was taken from the July 1998 issue of "Voice of Justice, the official publication of the organization "Justice for All".
 

After 31-year-old Roxanne Hayes of Florida, a mother of three young children, was slashed to death by Lawrence Singleton in his home near Tampa on Feb. 19, 1997, the bloody crime attracted national attention. Singleton was a former California criminal convicted of raping and hacking off both of 15 year old Mary Vincent's arms in a notorious 1978 crime. Paroled after serving just eight years of his 14-year sentence for those crimes, Singleton had returned to his native Florida some years before committing his latest crime, murder. (Los Angeles Times, 2/25/97)

"You are the most violent, dangerous person I've ever encountered," U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan told Leon Gonzales Wright. Wright pled guilty to the Dec. 16, 1995, carjacking and stabbing murder of 26-year old Bettina Pruckmayr in Washington, D.C. It wasn't his first killing. Convicted for the 1976 robbery and murder of a District cab driver, Wright had been paroled after serving 17 years of a 15 to 45-year sentence for murder and 15 years for robbery. Ms Pruckmayr's parents subsequently brought suit against the District government for negligence in the death of their daughter, a recent graduate of Georgetown University's school of law. (Washington Times, 12/17/96)

A 23-year-old DuPage County, Ill., woman was attacked and raped repeatedly by Michael Cage, 30, after he followed her into her apartment in July 1995. The victim's 3-year old daughter watched the sexual attack, according to a prosecutor. During Cage's trial in March 1997, two other women testified about being raped and sexually abused by him in attacks committed in 1985 and 1992. Cage, who has an arrest record dating back to age 14, was paroled after a conviction in the 1990 sexual attack, and was subsequently charged with theft and a sexual assault that occurred less than a year before the most recent rape that netted him 60 years in prison. (Chicago Tribune, 3/20/97)

James Jordan of North Carolina, the father of basketball legend Michael Jordan, was murdered as he rested in his car alongside a highway on July 23, 1993. One of his killers, Larry Martin Demery, was on pre-trial release at the time for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon; allegedly beating an elderly woman's skull with a cinder block; and was granted pre-trial release despite 13 other pending criminal charges. The second man, Daniel Andre Green, was on parole after serving only two years of a six-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill; at age 15, taking an ax to a classmate's head. Green had been paroled in June 1993, just one month prior to Jordan's murder. Both are now serving life sentences for Jordan's death. (Washington Times, 8/20/93 and 12/15/93; Washington Post, 8/17/93; 3/13/96)

12-year-old Polly Klaas of California was abducted from her own home during a slumber party with her girlfriends and murdered by Richard Allen Davis, who was paroled from a prior kidnapping conviction only three months earlier. Davis' other convictions included second degree burglary, robbery, and assault. Finally convicted on multiple charges in connection with Polly's death after a long trial, Davis was sentenced to death on 9/26/96. (Washington Times, 12/15/93; Los Angeles Times, 9/27/96)

Sisters Nikitah P. AIim, 9, and Jasmine T. North, 7, were on their way home from school In Washington, D.C., when their stepfather led the girls into a woods and beat them to death. The stepfather, Arthur Edward Warren, 51, had served 18 years of a manslaughter sentence for the killing of his first wife when he was released to a halfway house in 1992 and then paroled in 1994. Warren used the children to take out his anger against his second wife, the girls' mother, who had left him, police said. (Washington Post, 9/6/97)

When New York City Police Lt. Frederick Narvaez, 40, went to the assistance of a woman on a Brooklyn street on Oct. 19, 1996, he was shot to death by Harvey Richardson, 61, an oft-paroled felon who was pursuing the woman. Richardson in turn was killed in a gun battle with police. The "cop killer" had a police record dating back to 1957 that included seven convictions, including felony assault, attempted murder and reckless endangerment. (New York Times, Newark Star-Ledger, 10/20/96)

Paroled in January 1994 after serving 2-1/2 years of a 7-year robbery sentence, Ralph Harris, 21, was arrested in August 1995 by Chicago police as the so called Pill Hill rapist in connection with six sexual assaults on women there. Police soon charged him with four homicides that occurred before his incarceration and a fifth murder that occurred on Aug. 2,1995. Harris was also charged with 13 armed robberies, two attempted armed robberies and one count each of aggravated battery and aggravated assault. (Chicago Tribune, 8/31/95)

Convicted murderer Reginald McFadden persuaded Pennsylvania authorities that he had been rehabilitated after 14 years in prison, and his sentence was commuted on July 8, 1994. Within three months of his release, McFadden killed two New Yorkers, Robert Silk, 42, and Margaret Kierer, 78, and abducted, robbed and raped another New York woman. He was convicted in all of the crimes and is serving consecutive life sentences in a New York prison. (Harrisburg Patriot, 3/14/96)

10-year-old Christopher Meyer was playing along the banks of the Kankakee River in Illinois when he encountered Timothy Buss on Aug. 7, 1995, and then vanished. Buss, on parole for the 1981 murder of 5-year-old Tara Sue Huffman of Bradley, Ill., soon became the object of police questioning and led officers to where he buried Christopher's body. Buss, 28, had served just 12 years of a 15-year sentence for the little girl's killing before being paroled in 1993. He was convicted of Christopher Meyer's murder on June 26,1996. (Bloomington, Ill., Pantograph, 6/27/96)

Though he was sentenced to 18 years in prison for armed robbery In 1991, Donald Cameron, 46, still managed to get paroled in Nevada four years later on April 15, 1995. Even a plea to the parole board from Reno Police Chief Dick Kirkland could not stop his release. In a matter of days, Cameron, who had a criminal record going back 20 years, was charged with possession of stolen travelers checks.  Released on bail, Cameron robbed a grocery store and a restaurant and was pursued by Sparks, Nev., police. In a shoot-out, Cameron fatally wounded Sparks police officer Larry Johnson, 44. Cameron was killed by police gunfire. (Associated Press, 5/25/95, 5/26/95)

18-year-old Kimber Reynolds of California was murdered In June 1992 by Joseph Michael Davis, a 25 year-old methamphetamine user repeatedly convicted, jailed and released early for armed robbery, auto theft, and drug use. Davis was subsequently killed in gun battle when police attempted to apprehend him for the crime. (Washington Times, 12/15/93; New York Times, 12/26/93)

It took Jurors less than two hours to convict Donald W. Sherman, 32, of first-degree murder for beating to death Lester Bauer, 63, a retired physician living in Sun City, Nev. Sherman was free on parole in connection with an Idaho killing at the time of the 1994 murder of Dr. Bauer, the prosecutor told the jury. Sherman was arrested as he slept in his victim's car in Santa Barbara, Calif., a few days after the home robbery and murder of Dr. Bauer. The criminal was also convicted of burglary and robbery in connection with the crime. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/6/97)

Despite a history as a problem inmate, two prior parole revocations, and a life sentence for murder, Jesse James Cowans was paroled from an Ohio correctional facility a third time on May 17, 1996. Even efforts by the Hamilton County prosecutor's office, which had convicted him of murder back in 1978, were unable to dissuade the Ohio Adult Parole Authority from releasing Cowans once more. Four months later, he was arrested and charged with the aggravated murder of 6-year old Clara Swart near Cincinnati, Ohio. An investigation a year earlier by the Cincinnati Inquirer had found that Ohio murderers were paroled after spending an average of 11.5 years in prison. (Cincinnati Enquirer, 9/4/96)


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