Just so no one is confused, this post deals entirely with the state of West Virginia’s criminal action against Austin Vantrease (Convicted, Felony Assault) who is currently in prison. It is in no way connected to the pending civil action against him.
Although not definite, in my estimation all signs point toward Austin Vantrease applying for parole. He is eligible this month. For one, he spent a couple of weeks at the Martinburg Correction Center (MCC). My guess is he underwent behavioral diagnostic examinations while there. From there, he was taken to the Huttonsville Correctional Center for, what I expect, is a parole hearing this month. Then, the West Virginia Department of Correction (WV-DOC) bombarded me with literature about parole of an offender. I received this in the mail on Saturday, but set it aside until today.
Immediately below is the cover letter that came in the package. You can use the tools in the top right of the document to expand it to full-page or magnify.
Many identified that they wanted to help by writing a letter to the Parole Board. You can simply use the address provided in the letter. Here’s my recommendation on how to address it:
Office of the Commissioner/Parole Board
Inmate Vantrease, Austin (DOC# 51398-2)
1409 Greenbrier Street
Charleston, WV 25311
As yet, I don’t know much more. Still, any help is appreciated. It is my understanding that he gets only one chance at parole. If denied, Vantrease can not make another request. If you would, a copy of your letter might help me in my presentation (either written, oral, or both) to the parole board. They must know all implications of potentially releasing him into the public. My email is Kdiviney@ryansrally.org.
Update: A commenter asked some very important questions about what to write. Here is my response:
I suggest not waiting more than a week to get it out, but I don’t know when the hearing is set yet. You can either mail it or fax. Both ways are provided in the letter.
My recommendation is to stay as close to what the letter is requesting:
1. The nature of the crime (kicking a defenseless person).
2. How the crime affects Ryan’s family and loved ones.
3. The wish to keep the criminal accountable.
4. The risk to public safety (to the community and my family).
PLEASE HELP WITH RYAN’S WISH LIST