Rep. Howell Backs Away From Bill To Shorten Parole Eligibility Time For Those Convicted Of 1st-Degree Murder

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Rep. Dan Howell has backed away from a bill that would shorten the parole eligibility time for those convicted of first-degree murder.

The current eligibility time is 51 years.

The bill would have shortened that to 25 years.

Rep. Howell said, "I don't think the victims of violent crimes will be best served by this legislation.

"I’m very encouraged by proposals to rewrite and reform existing ranges in our criminal sentencing code so that they more accurately reflect time actually served. This will create more efficiency and transparency in sentencing and improve public safety overall.”


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Police Blotter: Woman Accuses Noisy Upstairs Deaf Neighbor Of Using Disability To Her Advantage; Billiard Club Shuts Down Early Due To Prank Call That Water Was To Be Shut Off

A woman on Standifer Gap Road told police she has been having an ongoing noise complaint issue with her upstairs neighbors. She said they are continuing to stop and make noise, especially the kids. She said she has tried complaining about it, but the neighbor is deaf and has used that to her benefit. She said she has been verbally attacked about appearing as if she is against the ... (click for more)

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