When Austin Vantrease finished his spiel and responding to the Parole Board’s questions (see Austin Vantrease Parole Hearing: My Account (Part 1)), it was my turn to speak. I pulled my speaking notes from my blazer pocket as I walked to the podium. Turns out, I didn’t really need them. I did glance down a […]
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I mentally break the parole hearing into three segments. The first is related to the offender, Austin Vantrease. This comprises the beginning and conclusion of the hearing, which I’ll write of the ending in a future post. The second is my time speaking where I provided the “Victim Impact Statement”. The last segment being (Pattie) […]
Yesterday morning Austin Vantrease had his parole hearing. It was the first opportunity for him to be released and, true to form, he jumped at the chance. I suppose he never consider that he belongs in prison and his efforts to get out put stress on the victim’s family. To me, it’s just another indicator […]
Can you believe it? In less than twenty-four hours Austin Vantrease could be set free on parole! I just cannot see this happening. If asked, I’d have to believe there is no way in hell that would happen. Being in hell myself these past thirty-four months, I speak from authority. I’m a card-carrying member, with […]
Since Ryan’s eye surgery (called a partial-tarsorrhaphy) on Tuesday morning, I’ve slowly increased the duration and intensity of his physical therapies. I gave him Tuesday off entirely. In fact, when he returned from the hospital he spent four hours resting in his bed before I sat him up in his wheelchair.