I have been a member of this site for some time and a "stalker" before that. I'm now ready to explain why I'm here
In 1987 my Uncle was murdered and robbed by his girlfriends son. I was a senior in high school at that time and there isn't a day that I do not think about this tragic event that changed my family forever. Due to our lack of knowledge and state of shock, we agreed to allow the Prosecutor to agree to a plea deal. He was sentenced to 20 yrs. to life for the murder and 8 to 15 yrs. for the robbery. Little did we know that he would have his 1st parole hearing after only 6 years! Subsequently after the 1st parole hearing and having to relive all the tragic events that occurred....we had to do this again and again every couple of years unless of course he received a special hearing due to some jailhouse lawyer winning a point on their case which was similar in facts or sentencing and then we'd be faced with it more frequently. On January 17, 2007 he was paroled from prison. Not a day goes by that I do not worry about the safety of my family with this murderer running free. There is no healing and there is no closure, but I believe if he would have received the DP, my family would now be able to live in peace.
I am totally Pro DP and my heart goes out to any person who has ever had to live through the murder of a loved one. Thank you for this wonderful site!
Though of no consolation to you, the laws were changed shortly after the murder of your uncle. Non DP sentences are much higher with no parole or with the possibility of parole only after they served the majority of the sentence. However, 20 years later, the thug lovers are chipping away at that, too. Not only do they want to abolish the DP but they want to abolish both lwop and life with parole, IOW, make our sentencing similar to europe.
As to testifying at parole hearings or providing letters to the parole board, it should always be done. Parole boards do consider the input of the victim's family and I know of paroles that were denied solely based on the victim's family input.
As to your safety, there is a good chance he is back in prison. Many state DOCs now have inmate locator websites. You may want to check to see if he is back in custody.