Cop killer Eugene Lee Standerford is scheduled for a parole hearing during the week of August 12. Standerford, who had previously been arrested for nearly two dozen DUI offenses, is serving a life sentence for the 1993 killing of Fort Worth Police Officer Alan F. Chick.
According to official reports, Chick, an 11-year FWPD veteran, was working a morning shift on December 22, 1993. He stopped to assist a stranded motorist in the 1400 block of Southeast Loop 820. Her vehicle had stalled and the driver had to pull over. Officer Chick jump-started the woman’s vehicle.
Standerford, driving at a high rate of speed, crossed four open lanes of traffic and struck Officer Chick. “Standerford was intoxicated that night,” his wife, Lisa, said. “He was released from custody and allowed to go home, while my husband remained in a coma at the hospital.”
Chick suffered massive head trauma and succumbed to his injuries 5 days later.
Standerford had a lengthy record that included 22 DUI arrests and four convictions. He had lost part of his leg in one of the previous DUI incidents. His license had been suspended by the Court. In spite of this, he showed flagrant disregard for the safety of the community and contempt for the law by continuing to drive while intoxicated. On October 31, 1994, Standerford was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison.
Officer Chick was highly respected among his family, his friends, and the community. He was an accomplished athlete with a talent for bowling and baseball. Chick was described as being “full of life and laughter”. He was known to be a man of integrity, sensitive to others’ needs. Chick loved his job, and he especially enjoyed helping others.
“Although duty called, he was still serving as a Good Samaritan,” Lisa said. “His final act on this earth was one of kindness.”
Chick is survived by his devoted wife two children. Although the children were very small when they lost their father, Lisa Chick has continued to keep their father’s memory alive. “We have photos of Alan, ” Lisa said. “We still have memories. He’s missed dearly by all members of our family. This man changed our lives completely.”
The family is outraged at possibility that Standerford may be released without having served at least half of his sentence. “As far as we are concerned, this parole hearing shouldn’t be happening,” Chick said. “He has not even served the minimum penalty a jury could have given him. This is an insult to our family and to the law enforcement community. He has not even served the minimum penalty a jury could have given him.”
Chick further stated that she believes that the man who killed her husband still represents a future danger to society and that he should serve out his years in protective custody. “If he can drive, he will be a danger,” Chick said. “He’s an alcoholic. He does not care about others. He needs to be confined. If I can prevent his release, I will.”
A sample letter to the parole board is included below. Letters should be emailed to: Texas Board of Pardon and Parole, P.O. Box 13401, Capitol Station, Austin, TX, 78711 [email protected]
To Whom it May Concern:
It is my understanding that Eugene Lee Standerford, TDCJ #00718972, may be eligible for a medical parole as early as the week of August 12th, 2012.
I respectfully ask that you DENY PAROLE to inmate #00718972. This inmate was directly responsible for the death of Fort Worth Police Officer Alan Chick, a devoted father, husband, and police officer.
Just three days before Christmas, Officer Chick was fatally injured while keeping the citizens of Texas safe from habitual drunk drivers like inmate #00718972.
Inmate #00718972 has shown nothing but a complete disregard for the safety of his fellow citizens and law enforcement officers. Prior to killing Officer Chick, he had been arrested an unbelievable 22 times for drunk driving. If released for any reason, there is absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that he will drink and drive again and, in all likelihood, kill someone else.
As a concerned citizen, and in the interest of public safety, I again respectfully ask that you DENY PAROLE to inmate #00718972. Justice demands that he be made to spend every remaining day of his life in prison.
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