Jon Venables convicted at age 10, of the 1993 murder of James Bulger, 2, in near Liverpool, England, has been released from prison yet again. Though he has received counseling over the years, many, including the victim’s parents, do not agree with the parole board’s controversial insistence on keeping Venables at large in the general population.
A California parole board has once again denied parole for one of the three men convicted in a crime that remains one of Chowchilla’s most notorious.
In early February, 1969, Russell Obremski went on an alcohol-fueled murder spree that left two women dead, one a pregnant mother of five. Sentenced to 20 years for the murder, Obremski was out in five months. It would be only a few months later that Obremski would inevitably break down and have a beer, with horrible consequences.
An agreement was announced in a California court Friday in the case of Sara Kruzan, 35, who was sentenced to life without parole at age 17 for killing her abusive pimp. Under the agreement–which was a long time in the making–Sara is now convicted of second-degree murder with a sentence of 19 years to life.
Am Oklahoma woman who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling a small amount of cannabis has been released on parole. In 2010, Patricia Spottedcrow was sentenced to 12 years in prison after selling $31 of marijuana to an undercover officer.
A three-person board unanimously decided to deny Michael Skakel parole Wednesday, in what was his first parole hearing. Skakel was convicted in 2002 of killing his neighbor Martha Moxley with a gold club in 1975, when they were both 15. Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, was sentenced to 20 years to life.