Tomorrow, at 10AM, Austin Vantrease will sit before the West Virginia Parole Board and plead for his release. First, it sickens me that he is even asking to be let out. I’m not at all surprised though. He’s been trying to get out for the past two years. If he is released then he will have served just four years for his brutal crime… malicious assault. He will walk away from the punishment imposed upon him for what he did to my son.
Austin Vantrease, criminally convicted of felonious Malicious Assault, is currently imprisoned at the St. Mary’s Correctional Center for the incarceration of “felons who have been convicted of severe crimes against man…”
I just can’t believe anyone would see justice in his release. When it all comes down to it, this decision rests in the hands of three individuals. It’s up to the Parole Board panel. They use several factors in making the determination and I really don’t know if any take precedence over others. There are at least three of these factors that will certainly not play in his favor:
- I can tell you that he will not get sympathy from me and my family.
- I also know that society clearly doesn’t want him out. An astonishing 160,000 people put their signatures on the petition requesting he serves the maximum time allowable under law! Somewhere around 20,000 signatures are from citizens of West Virginia; and that should be a powerful statement.
- Further, I assert — without reservation — that he does not have a viable support system (i.e., family and friends) to be released into.
The hearing is at St. Mary’s Correction Center in a remote part of West Virginia. It is to the extreme west of the state; near both the Ohio River and Ohio state line. From my home this is an estimated six-hour drive… one-way. I promise you, I will be there unless something happens. I have a few thing I want to say to that violent felon and his family.
Like past years, I will post the outcome — be it good or bad — on Ryan’s Facebook Fan Page as soon as possible. I have done this from the parking lot of the prison the past two times, but I can not assure I’ll even get a signal at this new prison.