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.
Well, he appears to have anger management problems. You'd think the parole board would have guessed as much. Too bad. Now three more dead, two of them children.
Gee--he was only a few anger management classes away from being just fine. /sarcasm
Goes to show how well their risk assessment tests work! Wonder if they will change them now that they have been proved horribly wrong!
I'd give a lot to charge Bill Dalton and his "friends" as a accessory to murder...
Vigilante justice may be the only kind of justice we have in this country anymore.
Parole boards may be corrupted from time to time, no?
Our justice system is horrible. This monster should have been given the death sentence.
Excellent point. You wonder who sets priorities.
If you live in a society where no one has any responsibility for anything, statements like this make sense.
Another fine example of the effectiveness of "rehabilitation".
Its a shame that the touchy - feely parole board isn't in the next cell awaiting their trial for being accessories
I second that. It's time there was some accountability on these parole boards. They're letting too many molestors and murderers and other assorted vermin out on the streets before they've served their time. If they need extra room in the prisons, let out the folks who are in on non-violent offenses first.
Is that what they gave the Texas parole who just killed his daughter and her friend in Illinois? Gee, he only went to prison for chasing his wife around with a chain saw. sarcasm here also.
I know they have a difficult job, but imo for endangering the public by releasing a murderer in spite of warnings from those who know him, they should do some community service and/or jail time themselves.
To save money, Oregon legislature just floated an idea for cutting all violent criminals sentences by 1/3. Probably needed the money for a new state slogan.
They need to change the law. If a paroled killer , kills again.
Charge the persons voting for parole as accessory .
I agree. Violent offenders have sacrificed personal freedom for a long, long time. Murderers should be executed. Child molesters should be torturned, then executed, but a death sentence alone would help.
"Our justice system is horrible. This monster should have been given the death sentence."
I completely agree that our justice system is becoming a miserable failure. We are overprosecuting minor, needless, and pointless laws. Yet we are underprosecuting violent offenses.
Works for me
Execute them instead.
Having been through this 6 times with the TN parole board I have to question how much of a campaign the victim's family mounted against the early release of this killer.
My 16 year old son Jeremy was murdered by a sociopathic 14.11 year old who wanted to see what it felt like to kill. He was plea bargained out at 20 years. The first parole hearing just 10 months after sentencing. We fought early parole tooth and nail both locally, nationaly and state wide each time a hearing was scheduled.
Parole's have to be fought not just locally, but state wide and nationaly. There are orgs that do this for homicide victims survivors.
I heard someone say that America had the best justice system that money can buy.
Incidents such as this prove this statement.
What perplexes the h#ll out of me is this:
No JUDGE, nor his family members, friends, etc. have EVER been the victim of crime? No Parole Board members, nor their family members, friends, etc. have EVER been the victims of crime? How do these people live such CHARMED lives that they are untouched by the scum that lives and breathes amongst us, that they release back into society again and again to do even MORE harm? People in this line of work (lawyers, too) are surrounded by some really scarey people. How can they not SEE that these people need to be locked up or killed to save the rest of us?
Are ALL Judges, Lawyers and Parole Board members Liberals? How can that be?
Amen. Execution is the only way to prevent a convicted murderer from being a repeat offender.
There should be a rule that if you parole a murderer, he gets to babysit your kids for the first year. ;)
Seems to work everytime!