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Paroled Murderer in Tennessee Is Charged With Killing Again
TBO.com/AP ^

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at ap.tbo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: banglist; recidivism

1 posted on 05/18/2005 12:07:22 PM PDT by zaxxon
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To: zaxxon

It will be bad news for him this time in prison. People like him who harm children are treated as the lowest scum.


2 posted on 05/18/2005 12:10:06 PM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: zaxxon
Somehow oddly reminded me of this cartoon:


3 posted on 05/18/2005 12:10:43 PM PDT by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: zaxxon

At least he was somewhat imaginative in his choice of weapons.

Removing this dumbass wife is not all bad either.


4 posted on 05/18/2005 12:11:03 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: zaxxon

"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.


5 posted on 05/18/2005 12:12:00 PM PDT by shoffma1999
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To: zaxxon

"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.


6 posted on 05/18/2005 12:12:21 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: zaxxon

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.


7 posted on 05/18/2005 12:12:32 PM PDT by mikeus_maximus
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To: zaxxon
Pope pleaded guilty a decade ago in the 1995 slaying of Susan Yarbrough, 40, at their home in suburban Chattanooga. Pope beat her in the head, ribs and throat so hard that he shattered the 18-inch frying pan, police said. Dalton said Pope was paroled because he had served the average amount of time for such crimes and because the risk that he would commit another offense was considered low.

Ugh

8 posted on 05/18/2005 12:13:07 PM PDT by lsee
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To: zaxxon
What's the problem here? Any good jihadi would beat his wifes brains in if she threatened to leave?

On top of that, she wasn't wearing a burka. She had it coming.

9 posted on 05/18/2005 12:13:44 PM PDT by zarf
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To: shoffma1999

No mandatory minimums for murder, just drugs. I know I feel safer.


10 posted on 05/18/2005 12:14:03 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: handy old one

Obviously a much more serious crime this time.

Probably be out in ten.


11 posted on 05/18/2005 12:14:19 PM PDT by toddlintown (Your papers please.)
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To: toddlintown

Usually they kill perverts like this.


12 posted on 05/18/2005 12:15:47 PM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: zaxxon

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?


13 posted on 05/18/2005 12:16:05 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: zaxxon; All
Tony Pope went to prison for bludgeoning his girlfriend to death with an iron skillet ...

From which one might have concluded, “this is a bad, violent man, who needs to be imprisoned for life or executed.”

14 posted on 05/18/2005 12:20:26 PM PDT by dighton
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To: toddlintown
Obviously a much more serious crime this time.

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.

15 posted on 05/18/2005 12:22:16 PM PDT by skip_intro
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To: zaxxon
Tony Pope went to prison for bludgeoning his girlfriend to death with an iron skillet

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.

16 posted on 05/18/2005 12:25:00 PM PDT by konaice
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To: zaxxon

Who would have thunk it!? A murderer killing again!?


/sarc


17 posted on 05/18/2005 12:25:49 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher ("When you want to fool the world, tell the truth." ~ Otto von Bismarck)
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To: handy old one
People like him who harm children are treated as the lowest scum.

Urban legend.

18 posted on 05/18/2005 12:27:02 PM PDT by konaice
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To: konaice

If he was put to death for Murder 1 - then he wouldn't have the opportunity to kill again.

IMHO


19 posted on 05/18/2005 12:27:31 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher ("When you want to fool the world, tell the truth." ~ Otto von Bismarck)
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To: mlc9852
Dalton said: "If you only let go good guys, you are not going to let anybody go."

Anybody else see the faulty logic here? The stupidity on display here is breathtaking.

20 posted on 05/18/2005 12:27:48 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: zaxxon

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.


21 posted on 05/18/2005 12:28:36 PM PDT by hershey
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To: zaxxon

Gee--he was only a few anger management classes away from being just fine. /sarcasm


22 posted on 05/18/2005 12:28:39 PM PDT by Pharmboy ("Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God")
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To: lsee

Goes to show how well their risk assessment tests work! Wonder if they will change them now that they have been proved horribly wrong!


23 posted on 05/18/2005 12:29:07 PM PDT by trussell (Prayers for the children!)
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To: zaxxon

I'd give a lot to charge Bill Dalton and his "friends" as a accessory to murder...


24 posted on 05/18/2005 12:29:48 PM PDT by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: zaxxon

Vigilante justice may be the only kind of justice we have in this country anymore.


25 posted on 05/18/2005 12:33:12 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: shoffma1999

Parole boards may be corrupted from time to time, no?

Our justice system is horrible. This monster should have been given the death sentence.


26 posted on 05/18/2005 12:34:23 PM PDT by sine_nomine (Protect the weakest of the weak - the unborn babies.)
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To: zaxxon

27 posted on 05/18/2005 12:34:58 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Wolfie

Excellent point. You wonder who sets priorities.


28 posted on 05/18/2005 12:37:55 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: zaxxon
[Parole Board Member] Dalton said: "If you only let go good guys, you are not going to let anybody go."

If you live in a society where no one has any responsibility for anything, statements like this make sense.

29 posted on 05/18/2005 12:38:50 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: zaxxon

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


30 posted on 05/18/2005 12:39:44 PM PDT by Casekirchen (If allah is just another name for the Judeo-Christian God, why do the islamics pray to a rock?)
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To: shoffma1999

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.


31 posted on 05/18/2005 12:42:44 PM PDT by thoughtomator (A government-funded artist is an incompetent whore)
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To: Pharmboy

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.


32 posted on 05/18/2005 12:45:19 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: sine_nomine
We should be allowed to sue these judges and the lawyers responsible who continually allow these animals to re-enter society. I'm sorry, murderers and rapist should get death or life sentences. That includes celebrities.
33 posted on 05/18/2005 12:48:36 PM PDT by sarasotarepublican (Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.)
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To: zaxxon

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.


34 posted on 05/18/2005 12:52:54 PM PDT by Carolinamom (Dem & RINO senators have "eaten on the insane root that takes the reason prisoner."---.Macbeth)
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To: zaxxon

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.


35 posted on 05/18/2005 12:54:43 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: shoffma1999

They need to change the law. If a paroled killer , kills again.

Charge the persons voting for parole as accessory .


36 posted on 05/18/2005 12:58:54 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Democrats haven't had a new idea since Karl Marx.)
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To: sarasotarepublican

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.


37 posted on 05/18/2005 12:59:34 PM PDT by sine_nomine (Protect the weakest of the weak - the unborn babies.)
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To: sine_nomine

"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.


38 posted on 05/18/2005 1:00:05 PM PDT by shoffma1999
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To: zaxxon
Here are more details of the brutal murder. It is horrible that it could have been prevented by keeping the slime in prison.
The Court Appearance
Arrest Story
39 posted on 05/18/2005 1:00:55 PM PDT by BloomNTn
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To: JimSEA
[Parole Board Member] Dalton said: "If you only let go good guys, you are not going to let anybody go."

Works for me

Execute them instead.

40 posted on 05/18/2005 1:07:29 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: BloomNTn
I'd like to observe that the majority of functions in this country that are loosely credited as belonging to the criminal justice system revolve around paying the salaries and expenses of those who make a career out of it ...
41 posted on 05/18/2005 1:09:49 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: zaxxon
The board did not listen. On a 4-0 vote, it released Pope after he had served one-third of his 15-year sentence. Since he only got 15 it must have been plea bargained down. Also if it was not premeditated it would have been 2nd degree murder carrying a lesser sentence. The 30% is accurate.

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.

42 posted on 05/18/2005 1:10:29 PM PDT by GailA (Glory be to GOD and his only son Jesus.)
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To: mikeus_maximus

I heard someone say that America had the best justice system that money can buy.

Incidents such as this prove this statement.


43 posted on 05/18/2005 1:11:24 PM PDT by sport
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To: zaxxon

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?

*Scratches Head*


44 posted on 05/18/2005 1:16:43 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

Amen. Execution is the only way to prevent a convicted murderer from being a repeat offender.


45 posted on 05/18/2005 1:35:02 PM PDT by TheDon (Euthanasia is an atrocity.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Agreed.

There should be a rule that if you parole a murderer, he gets to babysit your kids for the first year. ;)


46 posted on 05/18/2005 1:36:14 PM PDT by najida (OK, so, ya see, uh huh.....I have this stress problem....maybe it's living without running water.)
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To: TheDon

Seems to work everytime!

Fry 'em!


47 posted on 05/18/2005 1:40:29 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher ("When you want to fool the world, tell the truth." ~ Otto von Bismarck)
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