Skip to comments.Paroled Murderer in Tennessee Is Charged With Killing Again
Posted on 05/18/2005 12:07:21 PM PDT by zaxxon
Paroled Murderer in Tennessee Is Charged With Killing Again
By Bill Poovey Associated Press Writer Published: May 18, 2005
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Tony Pope went to prison for bludgeoning his girlfriend to death with an iron skillet and was back out on the streets five years later despite a warning from a friend of the victim. "It not only scares me to think that someone like this can go free, but it puzzles me as to why you'd release him to possibly do it again," Vicki McCurry wrote to Tennessee's parole board before a 2001 hearing.
The board did not listen. On a 4-0 vote, it released Pope after he had served one-third of his 15-year sentence.
"I'd give my right arm to change that vote," said Bill Dalton, one of seven gubernatorial appointees on the board.
Earlier this month, Pope was charged with killing his wife with a hammer; strangling his 13-year-old stepdaughter; and fatally dropped and punched his 5-week-old son. Investigators said Pope told them his wife was leaving him and taking the children.
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It will be bad news for him this time in prison. People like him who harm children are treated as the lowest scum.
At least he was somewhat imaginative in his choice of weapons.
Removing this dumbass wife is not all bad either.
"I'd give my right arm to change that vote," said Bill Dalton, one of seven gubernatorial appointees on the board."
Maybe he should give his right arm even though he can't change his vote. It is insane that someone can beat another person to death with a pan and get out in five years when a person convicted of possession of drugs with intent to distributw could get likley even more time. Everyone on this parole board should be held responsible for this mans actions.
"Dalton said: "If you only let go good guys, you are not going to let anybody go."
Okay, let's not let anybody go. This is just sickening. I guess we can't blame this on the judge. Parole boards are just as bad I guess.
More 'justice' in America.
I swear, if our justice system doesn't get it act together and fulfill its basic function to dispense justice and protect society, society will be taking those matters into its own hands more and more.
On top of that, she wasn't wearing a burka. She had it coming.
No mandatory minimums for murder, just drugs. I know I feel safer.
Obviously a much more serious crime this time.
Probably be out in ten.
Usually they kill perverts like this.
Some things about our system in this country I will never understand, like how does a five year prison sentence suffice for the horrifying murder of a person?
From which one might have concluded, this is a bad, violent man, who needs to be imprisoned for life or executed.
Probably be out in ten.
Naw, he'll probably be back out in five again.
After all, as Dalton said: "If you only let go good guys, you are not going to let anybody go."
God knows, we can't have that.
five years later ...
Earlier this month, Pope was charged with killing his wife with a hammer; strangling his 13-year-old stepdaughter; and fatally dropped and punched his 5-week-old son.
The time-line on this is pretty sketchy, but it almost seems like this was one of those "marry a guy in prison" situations, or immediately after he got out. Some people are just fatally gullible.
And dragging her daughter into that situation is unforgivable.
My only wish is that parole boards who make these mistakes would serve time after any re-conviction of anyone they release. That way they would be pretty damned careful not to release people till the full sentence had run.
5 Years for murder one is a travesty by any measure.
Who would have thunk it!? A murderer killing again!?
If he was put to death for Murder 1 - then he wouldn't have the opportunity to kill again.
Anybody else see the faulty logic here? The stupidity on display here is breathtaking.
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