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Murderer and Rapist in Parole Review Process
« on: July 08, 2012, 04:46:32 PM »
Murderer and Rapist in Parole Review Process

Background: Carmen Torres was a 68 year old Christian lady living her life caring for her husband who had a stroke two years before that had left him unable to care for himself.  On July 16, 1990 Mr. Torres had already been put to bed for the night when Mrs. Torres for some unknown reason opened the front door.  Billy Bob Sutherland forced his way in, struggled violently with her, and knocked her unconscious.  He cut off her clothes, raped her, continued to beat her, slashed her throat twice and almost beheading her and left her to bleed to death just inside the front door.  Seven years later on December 17, 1997, Billy Bob Southerland was arrested for the capital murder of Carmen Torres after his DNA proved to be a one in 25 million match to the DNA in the rape kit which was collected in 1990 but not processed until 1996. At the time of the murder he lived next door to the woman he brutally murdered.  April 1998, just before the start of jury selection, Billy Bob Sutherland fearing he would receive the death penalty, pleaded guilty to murder and accepted a “LIFE” sentence for his crime.

Your Voice can make a difference!
Immediate Action…..
Protest the Parole…
Billy Bob Sutherland TDCJ ID: 00830764


Family members and friends of Carmen Torres who was murdered by Billy Sutherland are seeking your help with writing a “protest letter”.  Protest Letters need to be emailed or faxed before August 1st.  With an abundance of protest letters on file, hopefully the Parole Board will keep Sutherland in prison for as long as his sentence dictates, “LIFE”.

What You Can Do!
Send an email or fax a letter protesting the parole no later than Tuesday, July 31st. 
You may write in your own words or use the attached sample protest letter. Please do not forget to date and sign before you send.  Please forward to colleagues, family and friends you feel would write a letter.

Send an email or fax 
Fax # (512) 452-0825
E-mail to: victim.svc@tdcj.state.tx.us    Subject Line:  PROTEST LETTER

If you want to send a copy of the Protest Letter for the family, please email to vernalee@peopleaginstviolentcrime.org.  PAVC will ensure the family will receive for their own records.

Protest Letters are Confidential
Government Code 508.313 (a) lists protest letters as confidential and privileged information.
Sec. 508.313. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.  (a)  All information obtained and maintained, including a victim protest letter or other correspondence, a victim impact statement, a list of inmates eligible for release on parole,
 and an arrest record of an inmate, is confidential and privileged if the information relates to:
 (1) an inmate of the institutional division subject to release on parole, release to mandatory supervision, or executive clemency;
 (2) a releasee;  or
 (3) a person directly identified in any proposed plan of release for an inmate.

SAMPLE PROTEST LETTER
Or
(Write in your own words /modify parts below so all letters aren’t identical)




(DATE)


TTDCJ-Victim Services Division
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 265
Austin, Texas 78757

Re: Protest Letter
Billy Bob Sutherland   TDCJ ID: 00830764

Dear Honorable Parole Board Members:

As a concerned citizen of the state of Texas please consider this as an official request to not grant parole to murderer Billy Bob Sutherland.  I am emphatically protesting any form of parole release and asking the Texas Board of Pardon and Parole to deny parole to this offender. 

During this parole review process please do not forget the victim Carmen Torres who Sutherland raped and savagely murdered and how it has a lasting impact with her family and friends.  Grief has no timetable.  Mr. Sutherland made a choice to impose his own life sentence on Carmen Torres. 

On July 16, 1990 Mrs. Carmen Torres for some unknown reason opened the front door.  Billy Bob Sutherland forced his way in, struggled violently with her, and knocked her unconscious.  He cut off her clothes, raped her, continued to beat her, slashed her throat twice and almost beheading her and left her to bleed to death just inside the front door.  Seven years later on December 17, 1997, Billy Bob Southerland was arrested for the capital murder of Carmen Torres after his DNA proved to be a one in 25 million match to the DNA in the rape kit. At the time of the murder he lived next door to the woman he brutally murdered.

April 1998, just before the start of jury selection, Billy Bob Sutherland fearing he would receive the death penalty, pleaded guilty to murder and accepted a “LIFE” sentence for his crime.
The only possible thing Mr. Sutherland is sorry for, he finally got caught. 

Due to the violent nature of the crime and interests of PUBLIC SAFTEY, justice demands that Mr. Sutherland spends his entire sentence behind bars. To lesson the emotional trauma the parole review process has on Carmen Torres’s family please consider the maximum 5-year set off before any future parole reviews.  I appreciate that I live in a state where we have the opportunity to voice our protest to the Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

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" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy