MADISON, WI – Democrat Governor of Wisconsin, Gov. Evers headed an early parole program since taking office in 2019 that released nearly 900 hardened criminals back into society, ahead of the prison term length.
I hope Wisconsinites are watching their backs.
There has been a push in the recent years for prison reform that includes reducing sentences and early releases for drug users, low quantity drug possession, non-violent offenders and so on.
Both Democrats and many Republicans sought better solutions to easing the prison population. However, there has always been a hint of apprehension from both sides of the aisle when it came to violent offenders, especially pedophiles.
But Gov. Evers wasn’t shy about letting them out early.
According to a Gateway Pundit column, which stated:
“Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, who tends to float under the radar compared to other radical left-wing Democrats, seems to be upping the ante when it comes to criminal justice reform and the restoration of freedom for the states most violent convicted offenders.”
Wisconsin Right Now, a local to Wisconsin media group that offers breaking news and some editorial content, has compiled a list of the freed offenders through open public records requests.
One of the first unexpected results came from the program itself. The decision on which prisoners to release early was subjective.
The Gateway Pundit reported:
“These were DISCRETIONARY paroles. That means the Evers/Barnes administration’s Parole Commission chairman made a CHOICE to release the criminals. Many were serving life sentences, which don’t qualify for mandatory release. In other cases, the spreadsheet of paroles provided to WRN by the Parole Commission did not include mandatory released inmates.”
“In other words, the Evers/Barnes administration could have kept these criminals behind bars but made a purposeful decision not to do so. You can check the parole dates out yourself by putting the killers’ names into the state Department of Corrections database and clicking on ‘movement.’”
Their mission of the Wisconsin Right Now group was to focus on some of the more heinous crimes committed by those who found themselves leaving prison well before their time was up.
And the results were disturbing and shocking. Read on at your own risk.
The Gateway Pundit compiled and categorized the convicts released:
According to the Gateway Pundit column, they were:
- 1st Degree Intentional Homicide 171
- 1st-Degree Reckless Homicide 62
- Felony Murder 18
- 2nd-Degree Intentional Homicide 18
- 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide 3
- Homicide by Intoxicated Use of Vehicle 2
- 1st Degree Sexual Assault 24
- 2nd Degree Sexual Assault 15
- 1st Degree Sexual Assault of Child 26
- 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of Child 5
- Repeated Sexual Assault of Same Child 13
It’s one thing to want to thin the prison population. You can even argue that some of the convicted murderers that are in the late stages of their life have ‘aged out’ of crime.
But sex offenders hold a special place among violent offenders.
Although there are countless social programs and rehabilitative efforts to ‘correct’ a sexual predator’s behavior, when was the last time you heard a success story of adapting and overcoming the need to engage in sexual criminal activity?
Even the decision to release a dangerous criminal comes at great risk. As was the case with several violent criminals released early.
According to the Gateway Pundit:
“In another particularly heinous case, Terrance Shaw randomly murdered a young mother, Susan Erickson, who worked at a La Crosse hospital, raping, stabbing, and strangling her after spotting her through her home’s picture window while driving past. They were strangers. He called it ‘one really bad day.’”
There was no shortage of disturbing offenders filling the list of those released who should not have. The discretion used was clearly flawed.
A former pastor, Gordon Larson, 69 made the cut. He abused an innocent girl over a 5-year period from 4 to 9 years old.
Gary Frank, 54, too, sexually assaulted a female relative who was under 13 at the time.
And in a worst-case scenario, Patrick Appel, who was released early from a first-degree sexual assault crime against a child, is back behind bars. He apparently couldn’t resist the urge to collect child pornography.
These subjective, discretionary decisions to release violent criminals back into society before their time is up comes at great risk. It is simple to judge a convict’s behavior behind the prison wall. But temptation is far greater and virtually unlimited out in the streets.
No amount of good behavior behind bars is an accurate indicator of life on the streets.
These decision makers need to pull the reigns on the early release paroles, starting with the most obvious, sex offenders.
This is what happens when bad guys are let out early.
Report: Out on early release, man finds woman he stalked for two decades and kills her
Posted December 14, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to reports, a 71-year-old woman was murdered in her own home by a man who had been stalking her for nearly two decades.
Michael Garrett allegedly stalked Sylvia Matthews for over two decades. On Dec. 3, she called police twice asking for protection. Hours later, she was found dead in her home. https://t.co/bksR8DS1yH
— THV11 (@THV11) December 9, 2021
The woman, Sylvia Matthews, lived in a house on Elmira Street in Southwest D.C. and had spent several years working at a local jail, which is where the killer, a former inmate, Michael Garrett initially met Matthews.
According to court records, in 1998, while working at a local prison, Matthew met inmate now- 66-year-old Garrett. Once Garrett was released later that year, broke into Matthew’s home and assaulted her. He escaped, but then was arrested and sentenced to prison for 24 years.
In March, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Okun released Garrett two years early under a “compassionate release” because of coronavirus outbreaks in the D.C. Jail. Due to his violent acts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office opposed Garrett’s release, but the judge released him anyway.
Shortly after being released, Garrett began terrorizing and stalking Matthews again. On October 7th, D.C. police arrested Garrett and charged him with threatening Matthews at her front door. Prosecutors declined the case with no reason given.
On October 22nd, police said that Garrett beat Matthews outside of her home. This time, prosecutors suspended prosecution with no reason given. On Friday, December 3rd around 7:30 a.m., Matthews called 911 and said that Garrett was breaking into her car and trying to break into her house.
In 1998 while working at a local prison, Sylvia Matthews met inmate Michael Garrett, according to court filings. Once Garrett was released that year, he assaulted Matthews. Garrett was sentenced to prison for 24 years. https://t.co/CegKAyPEjS
— WFMY News 2 (@WFMY) December 8, 2021
Police did respond to the house, but did not see Garrett. A little over and hour later, around 8:44 a.m., Matthews called 911 again and said she spotted Garrett outside and that she was on the phone with him.
Police came to her house and took Matthew’s phone, telling Garrett to leave her alone. According to police, Garrett hung up the phone. At 11:20 a.m., witnesses said they heard a person matching Garrett’s description shouting at Matthews, trying to break in and heard a fight inside.
When police came to the house minutes later, they said they found her near-lifeless body on the bottom of the basement and also found Garrett in the basement; they arrested him right then and there. Matthews died at the hospital the very next day.
According to reports, police initially labeled the attack “domestic in nature.” However, family members of Matthews said that was not the case and that Garrett had tormented her for decades. One relative said:
“Oh my gosh, we’re devastated. It’s like the system failed us.”
Liz Odongo, with D.C. Coalition against Domestic Violence, said in a statement:
“Clearly Mr. Garrett had something about Ms. Matthews that he fixated on. When someone does that, it’s really hard to understand the how and why and what to do about it because it’s irrational.”
Sylvia Matthews Killed by Man Released From Years in Prison for Stalking Her: Police https://t.co/Z1OVsk2VS1
— 🌻 Shilene 💙💛 (@NaturalShilene) December 9, 2021
Matthews’ family is devastated and said that her death could have been prevented. One relative said:
“He should not have been on the street.”
Matthews’ family said they didn’t know Garrett but knew of him. They believe Matthews and Garrett met when Matthews worked in then pharmacy of the Old Lorton Reformatory and Garrett was an inmate.
Police are reportedly working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to file additional charges against Garrett.
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.
And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
Now California: Police, mayor question why judges released murder suspects with little or no bail
December 2nd, 2021
SAN JOSE, CA — Since August, three suspects in two different homicide cases have been released by judges with either little or no bail.
As a result, police officials and even the mayor have gotten upset about the decisions to release murder suspects back to the streets of San Jose.
California’s new bail reform process has made it easier to release suspects. While some blame judges, others blame the law involved.
Last year, the California Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to keep someone in custody just because they cannot afford to pay bail, according to a report by FOX11.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors called Tuesday on prosecutors, public defenders, courts and law enforcement to work together to develop a bail reform plan in line with a recent California Supreme Court ruling. https://t.co/5389S93lsN
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) April 22, 2021
In addition, the report noted:
“Judges are now required to favor pretrial release and only order bail if there is clear and convincing evidence that it is the only way to ensure public safety and make certain that the defendant returns to court for future hearings.
“The defendant’s ability to pay must be taken into account in setting bail.”
In a recent homicide case, two suspects were charged in a fatal shooting on Halloween, but released without bail.
Why Are Some Murder Suspects Being Released With Little or No Bail? San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata speaks out. https://t.co/wYiahAPpwL
— San Jose Police Dept (@SanJosePD) December 1, 2021
Efrain Anzures, 27, is charged with murder for what police describe as a hit-and-run road rage incident on Oct. 31, according to a report by NBC Bay Area.
Court documents show Judge Phillip Pennypacker put Anzures on house arrest, according to NBC’s report.
In addition, the judge only imposed a few restrictions, such as the suspect staying away from the victim’s family, submitting to searches and attending drug and alcohol counseling.
UPDATE: @SanJosePD upset in wake of judge’s decision to free Efrain Anzures (red) & Alfred Castillo from @SCCoSheriff jail on supervised own recognizance release. Anzures charged by @SantaClaraDA w/murder in Halloween shooting death of Isiah Gonzalez; Castillo alleged accessory pic.twitter.com/EquQXrfxtG
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) December 1, 2021
Anzures’ alleged accomplice, Alfred Castillo, 26, was also released through the Supervised Own Recognizance Program (SORP).
SORP allows suspects to be released while their cases go through the legal process.
Anzures and Castillo are suspects in the slaying of Isiah Gonzalez. Newsbreak reported:
“Anzures has been charged with murder and a charging enhancement for allegedly using a gun.
“Meanwhile, Castillo has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon for using his car in the alleged crime.
“The shooting happened at around 3:40 p.m. Halloween in the 5200 block of Great Oaks Parkway.
“San Jose police said officers arrived to find a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries.”
Where is justice? No surprise sfbay is becoming a 💩 hole, burglaries and shootings becomes business as usual. You can get away with anything. #sickoftheviolence#fundthepolice#stifferpenalties#tougheroncrime
— JR van Groningen (@NLsailorbiker) November 30, 2021
In a separate case, another murder suspect was released through SORP.
Margarita Santillan is facing murder charges for a killing on Aug. 11 on Littlewood Lane. She was also placed under SORP by Judge Shelyna Brown, who added a $100,000 bond.
San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata told NBC that suspects charged with murder or accessory to murder are being released by judges with little or no bail. The chief said their releases pose a serious threat to the community.
Mata, who is a former homicide detective, also said he was “shocked” by the judges’ handling of murder suspects:
“This is the ultimate crime. This is murder. Someone took it upon themselves to kill another individual.
“This is difficult. We can only do so much. But we need help.”
The chief said it is demoralizing to arrest accused killers and then see them back on the streets within a few days.
3/ This event has been updated to a homicide. Number 30 for 2021. Adult male victim.
Media partners: press release tomorrow in the AM. pic.twitter.com/9ar3lXIkie
— San José Police Media Relations (@SJPD_PIO) December 2, 2021
San Jose Police Asst. Chief Paul Joseph told Newsbreak:
“The judges are probably following, to the best of their belief, what they think the law compels them to do, but if that’s what the law compels them to do, then the law needs to be changed. There’s a problem with the law.”
Even San Jose’s mayor, Sam Liccardo, expressed outrage over the latest release of homicide suspects. He tweeted:
“I appreciate the purpose of bail reform, but releasing a homicide suspect without bail is outrageous.
“The pendulum has swung too far, and it’s our neighborhoods that endure the most crime that suffer as a result.”
I would imagine any witnesses who are supposed to testify feel really safe right now. Sure is a nice deterrent to any future witnesses to murder in the area to come forward. “Hey as long as they don’t manage to off you b4 trial, you should be fine. “
— Veronica (@Veronic39357846) December 1, 2021
Liccardo also told Newsbreak he worries that the community is being put at risk:
“This is just dangerous for everyone and we need the judicial system to be able to understand and appreciate the public safety peril that is created by these decisions.”
Newsbreak reported that Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen echoed Liccardo’s sentiments through a statement:
“People accused of low-level non-violent crimes can be released with appropriate conditions.
“Defendants facing murder charges are a danger the community and a flight risk and should not be released.”
San Jose has had 30 homicides so far this year, with the latest one occurring on Dec. 1.
UPDATE: San Jose police are searching for the suspect(s) in the city's 30th homicide of the year, a fatal shooting Wednesday on Holly Drive in East San Jose. https://t.co/X1bh9bnIpB pic.twitter.com/QS8l9X4zVV
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) December 2, 2021
Legal analyst Steven Clark reviewed the cases of the suspects and told NBC:
“It appears there is a colorable self-defense component in both cases. These people did not have serious records, and they have no history of failure to appear.”
Clark also noted that due to the California Supreme Court’s ruling, he expects to see more murder suspects released on SORP in the future:
“It’s no longer a rubber stamp to keep someone in jail, even though the charges here are extremely serious.”
Clark further noted that two criteria are considered before pretrial release: is a suspect considered safe enough for the community and will that person show up for future court dates?
If the judge feels both are true, Clark said the suspect legally must be granted supervised release:
“Until you’ve been convicted of something, you should be given the opportunity to be considered for some sort of pretrial release otherwise, you have to fight your case in custody while everyone else who has money has to fight their case after posting bail.”
NBC reached out to the Superior Court, but was told comments on specific cases cannot be provided.
The Superior Court, however, released a statement regarding pretrial release of suspects and assured NBC that a judge reviews each case to see if it’s safe to release a suspect with proper supervision:
“Every judge reviewing a case for release is required to give individualized consideration to the person appearing before them, and to consider whether non-monetary or other conditions of release are sufficient to protect both the alleged victim and the public, and to ensure the defendant’s appearance in court.
“Supervised release with conditions, including but not limited to electronic monitoring, is a significant tool in that regard.
“A defendant charged with a serious or violent offense may not be released on other than scheduled bail until a hearing is held in open court.”
Chief Mata said better solutions are needed:
“This isn’t reform. We need to work together to come up with better solutions to keep our community safe and keep those individuals accountable.”
On Wednesday, the San Jose Police Media Relations announced on Twitter it believed a homicide suspect from yet another murder case fled to Mexico.
2/ He was also released on SORP. He is now outstanding and fled the country. Currently believed to be in Mexico. This is why dangerous defendants/suspects should not be released on their own recognizance.
— San José Police Media Relations (@SJPD_PIO) December 1, 2021
Police say 41-year-old Oscar Soto, who was in custody in connection to a homicide on Jan. 10, was released via SORP and is believed to have fled to Mexico.
Soto was arrested in connection with shooting a man near the 2300 block of Mammoth Drive in the early morning of Jan. 10, according to a report by KRON4.
The San Jose Police Media Relations suggested in its tweet that dangerous suspects should not be released:
“He was also released on SORP. He is now outstanding and fled the country. Currently believed to be in Mexico.
“This is why dangerous defendants/suspects should not be released on their own recognizance.”
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.