Friday, January 13, 2012

Here we go: Clarion-Ledger reports 4 "pardoned" murderers can't be found

Wednesday evening, Hinds County Senior Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green ordered several individuals recently released from prison as part of former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour's prolific pardon spree report their whereabouts to the Mississippi Department of Corrections every 24 hours.  Those individuals are Nathan Kern, David Gatlin, Charles Hooker, Anthony McCray, and Joseph Ozment.  Of those five men, all are convicted murderers except for Kern, who was convicted of robbery.

Well, guess what?  None of the five have contacted MDOC, and no one knows where they might be.  The Clarion-Ledger has a story on it today, in which several justifiably terrified family members of victims are quoted.  In light of the fact that all 5 men are likely to return to prison to complete their sentences, it may be difficult to track them down.

Thanks, Haley.

1 comment:

Literature of the holidays said...

I am all for putting the blame on the governor for this.. Yet if the law was not followed then why were the people released in the first place? Shouldn't there had been some sort of checks in place to keep people from just walking out of the prisons just because the Gov said they could?