Parolee Shoots Arkansas Mayor Who Helped Get Him Paroled
Nothing like a convicted killer flushing a second chance right down the crapper. But then, what did you expect? After all, he essentially got away with just a slap on the wrist the first time for ending someone’s life, so I can see why he might not be so worried about the consequences of his actions the second time around:
AP: Man shot mayor who backed his parole
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP – via USA Today) — A convicted killer who was out on parole shot and critically wounded a northern Arkansas mayor who had written a letter in support of his release from prison, records show.
Everton Mayor Bill Gerdes was in critical condition at a hospital in Springfield, Mo., after he was shot in the back and left hand Wednesday night.
Authorities arrested Justin Bates around midnight Wednesday after an hours-long standoff outside his father’s home in Everton. Boone County Sheriff Danny Hickman said Bates, 35, faces a count of attempted capital murder and a firearms charge.
Nearly five years ago, when Bates became eligible for parole in a second-degree murder case, Gerdes wrote to authorities on Bates’ behalf.
Bates was released on parole in September 2010 and had not encountered any problems until the alleged shooting, a community correction spokeswoman Rhonda Sharp said.
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