The media coverage on the parole hearing for Austin Vantrease (of Newark, Delaware) is already beginning. It’s hitting the broadcast and print media, not to mention the social media. Vantrease’s co-attacker, Jonathan Matthew May (also of Newark, Delaware) only served seven months in a West Virginia regional jail and was released. Let’s hope the same “Get Out of Jail Free” card is not given to Vantrease in just a few short weeks!
Also, the Anti-Parole Petition, that over 148,000 people have now signed, continues to be big news. Our family thanks each of you who cared enough to sign it. It makes a statement that if criminals will not personally accept accountability, then society will impose it upon them. Sure, there are failures in the institutions and systems that are meant to protect and uphold the citizens rights, but society is often the great equalizer when these civil instruments don’t do what they were meant to do.
This anti-parole petition is proof of this to me.
To Put This in Perspective
In the history of petitions on Change.org, the largest service of its kind that began over five years ago, our petition is now in the top 10 most popular in the category of Criminal Justice. This category is the largest one used, by far. For all petitions ever created, no matter the category, it is in the top 100.
Currently at #60 and climbing!
Media CoverageThe news is somewhat localized, to the West Virginia area. As the hearing approaches the intensity will surely increase. The Parole Board’s ruling, however, will be the big news. It will spread from the Huttonsville Correctional Center quickly, reaching every corner of the United States. It’s clear that the citizens of West Virginia don’t want released, as provided by some independent media opinion-interviews.
“To beat a person senseless and render him a vegetable for the rest of his life seems to be a crime that would be deserving of more then three years in prison,” said Harrison County resident, Joe Leighton. [Source: WDTV. Read entire article.]
To follow is a short, thirty-second segment from WBOY (serves much of West Virginia):
WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather