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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2 Comments on “Parolee Shoots Arkansas Mayor Who Helped Get Him Paroled”

  1. Leatherneck Says:

    This is an example of why every American that is not a Felon should arm themselves. People who are part of the problem like Felons do not care about the law.

    BZO, or Die!

  2. Bob Says:

    I’m thinking if politicians more often reaped what they have sown, we’d have a lot less of this sort of thing.

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