Notice: This post deals entirely with the state of West Virginia’s criminal action against Austin Vantrease (Convicted, Felony Malicious Assault) who is now in prison. It is in no way connected to the pending civil action against him.
I was able to break away long enough yesterday to place a call to the West Virginia State Parole Board office to find out the specifics on the time and date of Austin Vantrease’s parole hearing. Unless there is some administrative delay, I was told everything I needed.
Here is what I know:
- Hearing Date: Wednesday, July 25th
- Hearing Time: 11:00 AM
- Hearing Location: Huttonsville Correctional Center
That’s just two weeks from today!
My eternal thanks to the many who already wrote letters to the Parole Board in opposition to Austin Vantrease possibly being paroled. For those who haven’t, I’m begging you to help!
Here is a sample letter that you can use as-is (just copy and paste) or add your own touch to it. Then simply drop it in the mail or fax it over to 304-558-5678. It’s that easy![Your Name] [Your Address]
West Virginia State Parole Board
1409 Greenbrier Street
Charleston, WV 23511-0700
Dear Sir or Madam:
Please deny parole for Austin Vantrease, based on the violent nature of his crime. He kicked a defenseless man in the head, lying unconcious on the ground, with such force it was described as “like punting a football”. Instead of offering aid or requesting medical response, Austin Vantrease ran away and hid from the obvious life-threatening damage he caused. He was hoping not to be found accountable. His lack of remorse and retribution makes him a continued risk to the safety of the public and the Diviney family.
- Austin Vantrease and Parole (ryansrally.org)
- Austin Vantrease has Prison Custody Transferred (ryansrally.org)
- Austin Vantrease: Now at Huttonsville Correctional Center (ryansrally.org)
Letter sent today.
My letter has been mailed. Now they will hear from someone in Central New York. My prayers for Ryan and family continue
My letter went out in today’s mail. Fingers crossed.
Elizabeth Storms says
Count me in as well! Let me know if you do! Always in my thoughts everyday! Love you all!
Ann H Tearle says
Count me in to help defray the Medical Transport if you decide to arrange it. Love, Annie
Carla Liberty says
Still working on my letter. Should have it ready shortly. I do have a question with regard to you attending. I know it would take a lot to get Ryan there by the Medical Transport folks. I also know it probably wouldn’t be covered by insurance. But if it’s something you would consider, I’d be willing to chip in $100 towards the cost of transport to/from if others would like to follow suit??? That way, you don’t have to technically leave Ryan, and even Sue could go too. Would Ryan’s doctors allow him to go if he was taken by the Medical Transport Team?
Sue G says
Dropped in mail today.
It’s sad that all this energy has to be expended just two years after sentencing. :/ A good example that the punishment didn’t fit the crime.
Rita Caporicci Hoop via Facebook says
My letter is in the mail.
Just wanted to let you know that many others have written letters asking the WV parole board to deny AVT’s request for parole.
I am proud of all the young people who have stepped up to the plate to help Ryan in this way. You know who you are. Thank you!!!
Ken, wishing you and Ryan a good day, and always know we are here to support you and your family — Team Diviney will continue to stand by you!!
Love, hugs, still praying and still believing
Amy Almaguer says
Done and faxed!
Gail Doyle says
Ken, Is that far for you to go and will you have to see Vantrease? Hope they gets lots of letters ,he doesn’t deserve to be out in society.Love to Ryan and hope when you have Drs visit all will work out well Love gail
Yes. It is over four hours one-way. Victims can choose to: 1) In lieu of attending, write a statement that will be read by the parole board, 2) give an oral statement with the inmate present, or 3) give an oral statement without the inmate present.
Hi Ken, I’m thinking the press might want to be informed about this development of AVT requesting parole. Also, I trust the WV parole board has adequate security provided for victims and their families. As we know from past history, this is necessary.
Sue G says
Too bad that Ryan can’t attend for parole board to see for themselves the damage inflicted by Austin.
Ann H Tearle says
My thought is that you can make the 4-hr drive and back to give an oral statement with inmate present (if you think that would be best). Also, notify the press. I really wish you could indeed take Ryan with you. THAT would be the most powerful statement of all. God bless you, Ken and Fam–prayers for you all for courage, strength and comfort as you go throught this time.Love, Annie xoxoxo to Ryan
My letter is on its way; Stew is mailing his today. Praying Austin Vantrease is not loosed to commit more crimes because of not being sufficiently rehabilitated to deal with his anger in less aggressive and dangerous ways. Just One year and six months is not nearly enough prison time for the injuries that this man caused! We are hoping his time will be spent in a correction facility for at least the next ten years. Eventually he may accept the responsibility for his inhuman, savage, and horrendous acts.