GOP Lawmakers To Probe Paroles Of Minn. Murderers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Republican leaders say they will hold hearings into the state corrections commissioner’s decisions to parole four convicted killers since January.

Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers sent a letter Friday to Gov. Mark Dayton expressing “grave concern” over the paroles. They said legislative public safety committees want to review decisions by Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy.

Roy has granted their paroles on murder convictions despite life sentences, including a reputed gang leader and a cop killer. Two of the four remain in prison to serve time for other offenses.

Minnesota has had a system of fixed sentences since 1980, but a corrections spokesman says there are still 468 offenders in state prisons who have or will become eligible for parole at some point.

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  1. Kevin says:

    aint i stupid?

  2. G Dog says:

    Yes.

    Now that you have admitted it, the next 11 steps should be a piece of cake.

  3. angus says:

    Another cheap shot by the Republicans but considering the balance of their checking account it is all they can afford.

    This is just a publicity stunt

  4. DENNIS E. WALTON says:

    I DON’T CARE, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, THIS PAROLE BOARD HAS TO BE OVERTURNED. THESE CRIMINALS DON’T BELONG OUT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOM ROY HAS TO REPLACED WITH SOMEBODY WITH A BRAIN IN THEIR HEAD. TO RELEASE THESE ANIMALS ON SOCIETY IS A CRIME IN ITSELF. ROY AND THE ENTIRE BOARD SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CRIMES THESE CRIMINALS COMMIT IF THEY ARE RELEASED. BY THE WAY, WHAT DO THEY CONSIDER A MODEL PRISONER? ELLING WAS CONVICTED OF DRUG SMUGGLING WHIE IN PRISON. SELLING DOPE, SMUGGLING DOPE, MURDERING COPS, MUST BE ACCEPTABLE TO THESE EDUCATED PROVIDERS OF PUBLIC SAFETY. TIME FOR RE-EDUCATION TO SANITY. OR IS IT A MONEY ISSUE? SOMEONE PAY THEM TO RELEASE THESE ANIMALS!!!!!! I THINK THAT’S CALLED BRIBERY. EITHER WAY YOU LOOK AT IT, IT CAN’T BE LEGAL. MURDERERS BELONG ON DEATH ROW, NOT THE STREETS OR IN PRISON WHERE THEY CAN ENJOY LIFE. THE ONE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING MY BROTHER, A COP, A FATHER, HUSBAND, FRIEND, AND VALUABLE PART OF MY LIFE AND LOTS OF OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES. LEAVE THE ANIMAL IN THE CAN UNTIL HE DIES, THEN RELEASE HIM IN A SEALED AIRLESS BOX.

    1. john boy says:

      Get a grip. The professionals who have monitored the behavior of these people would know better than us,

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