Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Texas: Controversial Release

Last November, Pablo Soto was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of his grilfriend, Socorro Storie. Soto rammed Storie's parked car head-on with his own automobile, then dragged her out of the car and beat her. She died from injuries three days later. But Soto, who has been diagnosed with cancer, recently appeared before a pardon and parole board in a "terminally ill inmate hearing." Afterward, Soto, who has never expressed regret or remorse for the murder, walked away from prison after serving only six months! A Garza County Sheriff says he no idea Soto would be released and the family of the victim was not notified until after the decision either. Garza County District Attorney Ricky Smith plans to file a formal complaint with the state. The state's board of pardons and paroles is not yet returning calls. See story here and here.

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